Conference Programme

This the programme of the EU-African SME Summit 2021.

Rome – Dakar – Berlin – Brussels – Live & Online

21-22 October 2021

EconomySustainabilityHumanity – Roadmap to Shared Success!

Draft version

Venue: National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome (Italy)

Thursday 21st, October 2021

h 11:00 CEST / h 09:00 GMT / h 12:00 EAT


h 11:00 Chair: Mr. Paolo Magri – Executive Vice President and Director of ISPI, Institute for International Policy Studies (Italy)

Welcoming by Mr. Maurizio Casasco, President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and President of CONFAPI (I) and Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) and President of the CCI Djibouti.


h 11:15 Opening Addresses

Opening Impulses:

h 11:15 Mr. Macky Sall, President of Senegal

h 11:25 Mr. Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister for Culture

h 11:35 Mrs. Marina Sereni, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs ad International Cooperation

h 11:40 Mr. Yacine El Mahdi Oualid, Algerian Minister for Knowledge Economy and Start-ups

h 11:50 Ms. Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships

h 11:55 Ms. Stella Tembisa Ndabeni Abrahams, South African Minister for Small Business Development

h 12:05 Ms. Anna Cavazzini, Chairwoman of IMCO-Committee, European Parliament

h 12:15 Mr. Charles Chiumya, Acting Director of the Director General for Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining, African Union Commission

h 12:25 Mr. Robert Dussey, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation & African Integration of Togo



h 12:30 Session 1 – Which Future for Africa and Europe after COVID?

h 12:30 Opened by: Mr. David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

h 12:35 Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos – Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece and European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

Ms. Tiekie Barnard, Founder & CEO of Shared Value Africa Initiative SVAI

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

Mr. Francesco Rocca, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Mr. Sergio Arzeni, President of the International Network for SMEs INSME

Moderator: Mrs. Esther Awoniyi, CNBC Africa


h 13:50  Session 2 – New entrepreneurs for Africa: imagine, create and thrive to success

h 13:50 Introducing: Ms. Caroline Hauptmann, Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Dakar.

h 14:00 Mr. Luc Bonte, President of Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs OVO (Belgium), and Ms. Wincate Muthini, Programme Manager of PACCI (Kenya), discussing with 6 Entrepreneurs from Europe and Africa with successful business projects in Africa

Ms. Ifeyinwa Kanu, Founder and Director of Intellidigest

Mr. Laurent Assembe, Director Business Development and Sales at Aerodata

Mr. Timon Herzog, CEO at GRIPS Energy GmbH

Ms. Khadidiatou Ba, CEO & Founder of Afro Feewi Corporate

Mr. Antoine Ngom, President of OPTIC Senegal (Organisation des Professionnels des Technologies d’ Information et de la Communication)

Mr. Enrico Mazzon, Vice President at ETC Group


h 15:00 Session 3 – Launch of the Italian-African SME Alliance

Opened by: Mr. Giancarlo Giorgetti, Italian Minister of Economic Development

h 15:15  Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between CONFAPI (M. Casasco), COLDIRETTI (E. Prandini), PACCI (Y.M. Dawaleh) and the CNP (B. Ange)

Mr. Adé Diran, Vice-President of CNP Senegal

Mr. Ettore Prandini – President of Coldiretti, Italian National Confederation of Farmers


h 15:30 Session 4 – Work-based professional training makes competitive & resilient SMEs

h 15:30 Opened by: Mr. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines

h 15:35 Ms. Raffaella Sadun, Harvard Business School

Ms. Linda Onyango, CEO of SME Support Center Kenya

Dr. Stephan Kunz, Programme Manager of GIZ “Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation – Invest for Jobs”

Ms. Blessing Ebere Achu, Director & Founder, 360 Creative Innovation Hub

Mr. David McKenzie, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Mr. Costantino Chessa, ENI Head of procurement

Moderator: Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME


H 16:30 Official Launch of the Africa IP SME helpdesk, organised by EU-Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Directorate General International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission and the EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF)

Ms. Sandra Kramer, Director Africa at DG INTPA, European Commission

Mr. Andrea Di Carlo, Deputy Executive Director of European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO

Video on the African SME Helpdesk

Mr. Sandris Laganovskis, Director of the Institutional and Cooperation Department (EUIPO)

Mr. Alberto Boldrin, CEO Boldrin Group (Italy)

Mr. Eric Burkel, Co-founder and Head of International Development, HYDRAO (France)

Mr. Kamil Kiljanski, Acting Director for Investment and Chief Economist of the Directorate General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission (DG GROW)

Moderator: Ms. Esther Awoniyi, CNBC Africa


h 17:00 Session 5New financial tools for sustainable SME growth in Africa

Opened by: Mr. Stefano Barrese, Chief of Retail & SME Banking Division, Intesa Sanpaolo.

h 17:10 Ms. Maria Shaw-Barragan, Director of Lending in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Latin America at European Investment Bank – Focused on development impact

Ms. Sandra Kramer, Director Africa at DG INTPA, European Commission

Mr. Jean-Claude Tchatchouang, Former Executive Director of the World Bank, responsible for 23 African countries

Mr. Emmanuel Agha, Managing Director & CEO | Innovectives Group

Mr. Brian Mangeni, CEO Einstein Rising & OVO Portfolio Manager East Africa Office

Moderator: Ms. Diana Battaggia, Head of UNIDO ITPO Italy


h 18:00 Closing summary: Mr. Markus Jerger – Co-President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and Executive Director of Der Mittelstand/BVMW


h 18:15  Political remarks by Mr. Luigi Di Maio, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


h 18:30 Networking lounge in Rome and online (with video meetings corner)


h 21:00 Gala Dinner in Rome



* Final confirmation pending

Oct. 21st: working language will be English, with simultaneous interpretation to French, Italian & German


Friday 22nd, October 2021

h 10:00 – 16:30 (CET)

Shared Value Business Lab 2021

Successful SME-investments in Africa for jobs and professional training

h 10:00 Welcoming by Mr. Jens Spahn, German Federal Minister of Health

h 10:10 Mrs. Néné Fatoumata Tall, Minister for Youth of Senegal

h 10:30 Mr. Jens Schmid-Kreye, Deputy Head of Division, Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

h 10:35  Mr. Karim Bendhaou, Head of Merck Africa at Merck Group

h 10:45 Mr. Jorge Portugal, Director General of COTEC Portugal

Moderator: Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

h 11:00 – 13:15           Roundtables:

Time             Sessions
11:00 – 11:45 Digital Economy

Ms Nafissatou Tine

Mr Ibrahima Sissoko

Mr Klaus Dellmann

Mr. Stefan Moritz

11:45 – 12:30 Renewable Energy

Mrs Sabine Dall’Omo

Mr Bart Minsaer

Mr Ruggero Arico’

Ms Wincate Muthini

12:30 – 13:15 Agricultural Renaissance

Mr Michael Walleter

Mr Cheikh Amadou Bamba Fall

Mrs Ajola Jallow

Mr Gilles Yabi


h 13:15   Plenary with Q&A

h 13:30   Political résumé: Mr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

13:40 Final remarks and farewell: Mr. Kebour Ghenna Desta, Executive Director of Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry PACCI


h 13:45 – 18:00

Mr. Stefan Moritz, Introduction to the B2B Session

Mr. Günter Nooke, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa

Online B2B Marketplace for business opportunities in Africa, organisation through the Matchmaking Platform “African and European Entrepreneurs – 1:1 video meetings for entrepreneurs to find partners.


h 18:00            End of the 2021 edition of the EU-African SME Summit



* Final confirmation pending

Oct. 22nd: working language will be English, with simultaneous interpretation to French.