The EU-African SME Summit is divided into two important moments:

First, on the 20th March and 21st Morning, the Shared Value Business Lab to generate creative business ideas addressing development challenges.

Second, the EU-African SME Conference on the 21st March afternoon.

The whole Summit has the following objectives:

  1. To highlight the importance of SMEs in the economic development of Africa;
  2. To tighten the relationship between SMEs from Africa and Europe;
  3. ​To call the European Commission to offer tailor-made solutions for SMEs to support their investments in Africa.
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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

Speakers

Mr. Jyrki Katainen
Vice-President of the European Commission
Mr. Jean-Claude Tchatchouang
Executive Director at the World Bank Group, representing 23 African States
Prof.Dr.h.c. Mario Ohoven
President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and of Bundesverband Mittelständische Wirtschaft e.V. (BVMW/D)
Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh
President of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)
Mr. Koen Doens
Deputy Director-General of DG DEVCO
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