2019 Edition – Conference Programme

This the programme of the EU-African SME Conference, for the programme of the Shared Value Business Lab workshop preceding the summit please click here

Brussels, March 21, 2019

EU-African SME Conference

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises cooperate for Shared Value Business in Africa and Europe.
Venue: Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 52, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels

Entrance formalities, registration of the participants and welcome coffee
13:00 h
Opening Words and Keynote Speeches
14:15 h
Welcoming by Mr. Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions

Opening Words by Prof. Dr. h. c. Mario Ohoven – President of European Entrepre-neurs CEA-PME and of Bundesverband Mittelständische Wirtschaft e.V. (BVMW/D)

Keynote: Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)

Keynote: Mr. Jean-Claude Tchatchouang, Executive Director at the World Bank Group, representing 23 African States

Keynote: Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

High-Level Panel: SMEs as protagonists of development cooperation – another story?
15:50 h
Mr. Koen Doens, Deputy Director-General of DG DEVCO

Mr. Kebour Ghenna Desta, Executive Director of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)

Dr. Diomandé Moussa, Vice-President of the SME Federation of Ivory Coast FIPME

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Casasco, President of CONFAPI (I) and Vice-President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Mrs. Meike van Ginneken, CEO of SNV Netherlands Development

Mr. Sergio Arzeni, President of INSME the International Network for SMEs, former Director OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development

Mr. Daniel David, CEO FUNDASO – Fundaçao Soico (Grupo SOICO, Moçambique)

Moderator: Ms. Bienvenue Angui, Co-Head of BVMW Foreign Trade Office, Coordinator “Le Mittelstand” and Managing Director German-African SME Alliance by BVMW

Coffee break
16:45 h
17:00 h
The European-African SME Alliance: Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, PACCI, FIPME, BVMW, CONFAPI, AFDEE, ESBA, EVBB and YES for Europe, introduced by:

Mr. Patrick Meinhardt, Second Secretary General of the German-African Mittelstand Alliance, Board Member of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and Director Public Policy, European Affairs and Foreign Trade of BVMW e.V. (D)

Mr. Patrick Gibbels, Secretary General of ESBA

Mr. Horst Dreimann, Secretary General of the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB) in Brussels

Mr. Ben Knoefler, President of YES for Europe, Co-chair Young Mittelstand-BVMW

Stakeholder Panel: An “SME-Instrument for development” for shared value business
17:30 h
Mrs. Carla Montesi, Director DG DEVCO, Directorate C – Planet and Prosperity

Mrs. Sévérine Varet, Vice-President of AFDEE (F), owner of Atout Export

Mrs. Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, MEP PD (I)/S&D, Vice-Chair Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Member of DEV & LIBE Committees and the EP-Delegation for the relations with the Pan-African Parliament

Dr. Stephan Gehrold, MEP CDU (D)/EPP, Member of DEV, ECON & TRAN Committees, the EP-Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, and the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament

Mr. Thomas Rolf, Private Sector Cooperation – Economic and Social Development, GIZ German Society for International Cooperation

Mr. Eelco Baan, Global Value Chain Coordinator at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer (Univ. Leiden & Univ. Columbia)

Discussion with the participants
18:30 h
Closing remarks by
18:50 h
Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME
Networking aperitif in the Foyer in front of room JDE 52 of the CoR
19:00 h
The networking aperitif is kindly offered by Turkish Airlines

End of the EU-African SME Summit
19:45 h
Working language is English. We will offer simultaneous interpretation for French and German.