After the first EU-African SME Summit in Brussels in 2019, when 10 African and European SME support organisations signed - under the good auspices of the European Commission - the EU-African SME Alliance, and where the basic values and strategic visions for a better economic cooperation between Europe and Africa have been shared, it is now time to explore more in depth the opportunities for investment and trade among small and medium-sized enterprises in the two neighbouring continents.

The 2020 edition of the EU-African SME summit in Rome intends to highlight the chances for entrepreneurs and define together with decision makers and experts the roads towards a successful economic cooperation of dynamic and future-oriented companies in Africa and Europe.

Shared Value

The Summit's framing concept is the innovative idea of Shared Value: this new notion redefines our approach to sustainable development goals like access to water, electricity, education, training and health.

These can best be achieved through sustainable and smart business ideas, thus creating a “shared value” for the companies putting the business idea in practice as well as the communities and individuals benefiting from the services.

Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer

Director for Economic Cooperation European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME


Dr. Giuseppe Conte

Prime Minister of Italy

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Casasco

President of CONFAPI and Vice-President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Mr. Kebour Ghenna Desta

Executive Director of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)

Dr.h.c. Mario Ohoven

President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and of Bundesverband Mittelständische Wirtschaft e.V. (BVMW/D)

Mr. Luigi Di Maio

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs