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. Giampiero Massolo, Presidente of ISPI, Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (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 11:20 Opening Addresses

Opening Impulses:

h 11:20 Mr. Macky Sall, President of Senegal

h 11:35 Representative of Italian Government*

h 11.45  Mr. David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

h 11:50  Mrs. Amira El Fadil, African Union Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development

h 12:00 Mrs. Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships

h 12:10 Mr. Robert Dussey, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation & African Integration of Togo

h 12:20  Mrs. Kerstin Jorna, General Director of DG for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission


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

Mr. Mmusi Kgafela, Botswana Minister for Investment, Trade and Industry

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Anna Cavazzini, Chairwoman of IMCO-Committee of the European Parliament

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 Opened by: Mr. Mert Dorman, Senior Vice-President of Turkish Airlines

h 13:55 Introducing: Mrs. Caroline Hauptmann, Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Dakar (Germany)

h 14:00 Mr. Luc Bonte, President of Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs OVO (Belgium), and Mrs. Wincate Muthini, Programme Manager of PACCI (Kenya), discussing with 7 Entrepreneurs from Europe and Africa with successful business projects in Africa


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

Opened by: Mr. Giancarlo Giorgetti, Italian Minister for 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. Baïdy Agne, 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. Yacine El Mahdi Oualid, Algerian Minister for Knowledge Economy and Start-ups

h 15:40 Mrs. Raffaella Sadun, Harvard Business School

Mrs. Linda Onyango, CEO of SME Support Center Kenya

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

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

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

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


H 16:30 Official Launch of the Intellectual Property Help-Desk Africa for SMEs, organised by EU-Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and DG INTPA of the European Commission

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

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

Mr. Sandris Laganovski, Director International Cooperation EUIPO

European SME owner bringing testimony of experience with EU IP helpdesk

Mrs. Kerstin Jorna, Director General of Directorate General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs DG GROW

Moderator: Mrs. Esther Awoniyi, CNBC Africa (Nigeria)


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

Opened by: Mr. Stefano Barrese, Responsible Bank of Territories, Banca Intesa Sanpaolo

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

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

Mr. Jean-Claude Tchatchouang, Senior Advisor to the World Bank

Mr. Chris De Noose, Secretary General of World Savings and Retail Banking Institute

Moderator: Prof. Horst Fischer (D), Associate Director for Economic Cooperation, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, Professor at Univ. of Columbia (USA) and Univ. of Leiden (NL)


h 18:15 Closing summary: Mr. Markus Jerger – Co-President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and Executive Director of Der Mittelstand/BVMW


h 18:30  Award Ceremony “Champions of Humanity”

Opening speech: Mr. Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister for Culture

Prizes are handed out by the Members of the Board of Governors of the EU-African SME Summit:

Mrs. Ute-Henriette Ohoven – UNESCO Special Ambassador,

Mrs. Louise Mushikiwabo* – Secretary General of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos – former EU-Commissioner and Greek Foreign Affairs and Health Minister


h 19:15 Political remarks by Mr. Luigi Di Maio, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs


h 19:30 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 Mrs. Nicola Beer, Vice-President of the European Parliament to the Shared Value Business Lab 2021*

h 10:15  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 10:45  Mr. Jorge Portugal, Director General of COTEC Portugal

Moderators: Mrs. Annalisa Guidotti, Communication and international relations Director Confapi, Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

h 11:00 – 12:35           Roundtables:

Time slots             1st session             2nd session
11:00 – 11:45 Digital economy Water, Sanitation and Waste recycling
11:45 – 12:30 Renewable Energy Agricultural Renaissance


h 12:30   Plenary with Q&A

h 12:45   Political résumé: Mr. Gerd Müller, General Director of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO

h 12:55   Final remarks and farewell: Mr. Kebour Ghenna Desta, Executive Director of Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry PACCI


h 13:00 – 18:00

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.