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Event Africa: Building on Growth

This new century is seeing a dramatic economic turnaround in Africa’s fortunes, with six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies today in sub-Saharan Africa. If Africa is to remain a growth region, what policies should its governments and private sector investors pursue? Is Trade a mechanism for regional integration – are developing countries’ companies regional enough? What is the role of business and industry in development efforts? What footprints do the European businesses leave in the developing world and do they? What social and environmental footprints do businesses generally leave in Africa and is the promotion of green and social working practices common to these companies‘ CSR strategies? Can education and health policies support African economical growth

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Period [27/06/2011 - 28/06/2011]
Event location Bibliothèque Solvay Parc Léopold 137 Rue Belliard B-1040 Brussels
Host Friends of Europe’s Development Policy Forum
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Contact person Benjamin STEWART
+32 (0)2 289 65 21
Geographical coverage Afr
Keywords business, development, footprint


Monday, June 27:

Opening Session: “Beyond Growth”

Tuesday, June 28:

Session 1: “Turning investment into progress”

Session 2: “Managing Africa’s resources Bonanza”

Session 3: “Helping Africa to defeat the social odds”

Session 4: “Food security and Africa’s agricultural prospects”

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Speakers will include

  • Karel DE GUCHT, EU Commissioner for Trade
  • Andris PIELBAGS, EU Commissioner for Development
  • Mo IBRAHIM, Chairman & Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Miguel Angel MARTÍNEZ MARTÍNEZ (MEP), Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Diarmid O’SULLIVANN, Team leader Oil Campaign, Global Witness
  • Laurent DEMEY, Deputy Director General, Promotion et Participation pour la Coopération économique (PROPARCO)
  • Bernd EISENBLÄTTER, Chair of the Managing Directors, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Matthew KIRK, Director of External Affairs and Member of the Executive Board, Vodafone Group Services
  • Jean-François LASSALLE, Vice President Public Affairs, Exploration & Production, Total
  • Jean-Luc DEMARTY, European Commission Director General for Trade
  • Gay MITCHELL (MEP), Vice-Chairman of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Member of the Committee on Development

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For more information and registration, please see the Friends of Europe’s website

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