Promoting the voices of companies
in Europe & Africa
to achieve concrete outcomes

EU-Africa Business Summit: Unlocking Africa's economic potential

The EU-Africa Business Summit is an event organised by European Business Summits to promote the voices of enterprises in Europe and Africa. This event is independent from the EABF organised by the European Commission and the African Union.

The fourth edition of the EU-Africa Business Summit, held in a new hybrid format, will seek answers to the most critical economic challenges shaping the shared future of both continents by bringing influential business leaders, policymakers and experts together. Thanks to its role of stable North gate to the African continent, Morocco continues to represent the perfect host of the Summit within the renewed EU-Africa Alliance.

After the interruption due to the Covid pandemic, EU and African companies cannot miss the chance to resume their business relations and take them to the next level. This ambitious Summit will position itself in this framework, providing a privileged debating and networking platform to directly engage in finding answers to the most crucial challenges. In particular, the participants will address the topics of Africa’s Value Chain Expansion, Healthcare Innovation, Digital Transformation and Clean Energy Transition.

The aim of the event is to bring politics and business together in order to provide them with an opportunity to debate and pursue their common goals. For the future of EU and Africa to be mutually prosperous, all actors must be involved in creating a new alliance based on fair and sustainable partnerships.


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Africa's value chain
Digital Transformation
Healthcare Innovation
Green Transition

Confirmed Speakers

Jutta Urpilainen

European Commissioner for International Partnerships

Didier Reynders

European Commissioner for Justice

Olivér Várhelyi

European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement

Akinwumi A. Adesina

President of the African Development Bank Group

Inger Andersen

Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

Albert Muchanga

Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission

Maria Shaw-Barragan

Director of Lending in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Latin America at the European Investment Bank

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou

Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the new Africa-EU Strategy

Wamkele Mene

Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

WHO Regional Director for Africa

Patrick Child

Deputy Director General, DG ENVI, European Commission

Leila Farah Mokadem

Director at African Development Bank

Vera Songwe

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Exective Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa 

Samira Rafaela

Member of the European Parliament

Fatou Haidara

Managing Director, Directorate of Corporate Management and Operations, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Marina Sereni

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy

Shada Islam

Brussels-based commentator and analyst and founder of New Horizons Project

Jeremiah Fisayo-Bambi

AfricaNews Journalist

Monique Pariat

Director-General, Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs

Manuel V. Rodríguez Díez

Head of ICEX Moroccom Economic and Commercial Office in Casablanca, Spanish Embassy in Morocco

Michael Spindelegger

Director-General, ICMPD 


Ahmed M. El Wakil

President, Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME)

Lex Paulson

Executive Director at UM6P School of Collective Intelligence

Arnaud Thysen

Director General of European Business Summits

“The executive team in Brussels has made Africa a priority. Collaboration with the continent will be based on equality. “

Joanna Drake

Deputy Director – DG ENVI, European Commission

“For its development, Africa does not need more aid but it needs investments”

Leila Farah Mokaddem

Country Manager, African Development Bank

“Listing problems is one thing, defining priorities is another”

Ibrahim Guimba-Saidou

Minister – Special Advisor of the President of Niger


Arnaud Thysen


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Raffaello Stefani

Eu-africa business summit project manager

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