Programme 2019

The two-day program will integrate different formats enabling to focus on a topic of choice, to bring about exchanges of good practices and, finally, leading to recommendations and conclusions. The second edition of this Summit will provide the ideal environment for high-level guests, partners and speakers to engage on key areas of economic transformation such as: 

17:00 - 18:00

A panel addressing the challenges and opportunities created by the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) and the future of the African-EU partnership.

18:15 - 19:45
Skills Gap: Investing in People in the Context of a Transforming Labour Market - views from African and European Employers' Federations / PANEL D’INTRODUCTION: Assurer l’adéquation des compétences avec des marchés du travail en pleine mutation

A panel addressing the skills gap in a transforming labour market - with views from African and European Employers' Federations

19:45 - 20:30
Networking Cocktail

An opportunity to network with other participants

20:30 - 23:00
Business Leaders' Dinner (by-invitation-only)

An exclusive VIP dinner

09:00 - 10:00

High-Level Panel: Developing value chains in Africa hold the potential of boosting social cohesion, driving inter-continental and global trade whilst altogether generating growth. In that endeavor, however, many challenges remain. What are they and how to overcome them?

10:00 - 11:00

High-Level Panel: Developing Africa’s agricultural capacity is key in supporting Africa’s growth as today the continent is a net importer of food while it concentrates 50% of the world's uncultivated arable land. How to support this transformation whilst meeting increasingly stringent international regulation on food quality and safety?

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break / Pause café

11:30 - 12:15
Meet-the-Expert: Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing / Rencontre avec l'expert : ‘Innovation et industries de pointe’

'Meet-the-Expert' format is an informal dialogue with well-known personalities for their leadership and expertise in their field. This conversation is focused on Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing

12:30 - 14:15
VIP Networking Lunch (all participants) / Déjeuner de Networking VIP ( tous les participants )

14:15 - 15:15

High-level Panel: The digital revolution is gradually transforming societies towards greater efficiency and speed. How to ensure that youth can make the most of this opportunity, to learn how to use the technologies and encourage skilled workers to use them to bolster Africa’s capacities?

15:15 - 16:30

Connecting Africa with the adequate infrastructure is essential for accessible, reliable and renewable energy. This in turn is the cornerstone of economic growth and structural transformation. What is lacking and what are the next steps in achieving this?

16:30 - 17:00
Coffee Break / Pause café

17:45 - 18:30
Closing Remarks: 'Leading entrepreneurship: Investments' opportunities perspectives in Africa and Europe'


The development of value chains in Africa holds the potential to boost social cohesion, drive inter-continental and global trade whilst generating enormous growth. What are the potential challenges and how to overcome them?


The African continent contains 50 percent of the world's uncultivated arable land, and yet it remains a net importer of food. The development of Africa’s agricultural capacity is the key in supporting Africa’s population growth. The creation of international regulation on food quality and safety will ensure that the cultivation will not only benefit Africa but also the rest of the world. How can Europe support this transformation?


The digital revolution is gradually transforming societies by improving efficiency through new technologies and approaches. Technology remains at the core of development for Africa and the reskilling of the workforce to meet the new usage of technology a contentious issue. What are the key next steps to involving youth in the digital revolution?


Investment in infrastructure and renewable energy sources is vital for economic growth and structural transformation in Africa. How can Europe contribute and what are the next steps to achieving a 100% green Africa? 

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