3 July

14.30 – 14.50: Welcoming address by Mr Luca Jahier, EESC President

14.50 – 15.00: Introductory remarks by Mr Jarosław Mulewicz, President of the ACP-EU follow up Committee

15.10 – 16.00: Opening session – EU-Africa investment mechanisms: toward a manual for civil society organisations (CSOs)?

  • Setting the scene of the investment climate in Africa, Mr Robert Lisinge, Chief of the Section Energy, Infrastructure and Services, Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Practicalities of the External Investment Plan package (EIP) in African countries,  Mr Torsten Ewerbeck, Deputy Head of Unit Coordination of the EIP Secretariat and Blending Facilities, DG DEVCO
  • The Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF): example of improving employability through vocational training, and strengthening micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs)? Corinne Salinas, International aid – cooperation officer, EU Trust Fund for Sahel and Lake Chad, DG DEVCO

Debate with contributions from participants

16.00 – 16.15: Coffee break

16.15 – 18.00: Session 1 – Investment and trade as instruments, with special focus on Africa

  • Introductory remarks by Mrs Dilyana Slavova, president of the EESC External Relations section (REX)
  • Presentation of EESC work in progress by Mr Metzler and Mr Wagnsonner

Debate with contributions from participants

19.00: Dinner provided by the EESC

4 July

9.00 – 10.30: Session 2 – Impact investing in the private sector

Moderator: Mr Seitchi Ali-Abbas, member of the ACP-EU Follow up Committee (tbc)

  • EIB support to SMEs in Africa, Mr Christian Elias, Head of Unit for Public Sector operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • African investors in Africa, Mr Ousseine Diallo, Executive secretary, Fédération des organisations patronales d'Afrique de l'ouest
  • EU investors in Africa, initiative presented by Mr Olivier Poujade, Director general East Africa Gate and founder of the EU chamber of commerce in Ethiopia

Debate with contributions from participants

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 12.30: Session 3 – Impact investing in the social and environmental sectors

Moderator: Mr Dyborn-Charlie Chibonga, member of the ACP-EU Follow up Committee (tbc)

  • Investing in protecting health and environment: presentation of a pilot-project by Ms Micheline Dion Somplehi, President of the Union des Coopératives de Femmes Transformatrices de poisson de Côte d'ivoire (USCOFEP-ci).
  • Project presented by Ms Joaquina Almeida, the Secretary-General of the União Nacional dos Trabalhadores de Cabo Verde – Central Sindical (UNTC-CS)
  • Invest in wetlands for socioeconomic development in Africa by Professor Aboubacar Awaiss, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Project, Mr Anselme Amoussou, Secretary general of the Confédération des Syndicats Autonomes du Bénin (CSA BÉNIN)

Debate with contributions from participants

12.30 – 13.00: Conclusion and adoption of the final declaration - Mr Jaroslaw Mulewicz, President of the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee.



Programme 6th Meeting Africa-EU