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The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum will be held on 27 November 2017 at Palais de la Culture, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, host country of the 5thAfrican Union-European Union Summit of Heads of State and Government

The Forum will be the business window of the Summit and will convey practical views and proposals to the political leaders. It will bring together African and European economic operators representing multi-nationals, large corporations, small and medium-scale enterprises and confederations, start-ups, private and public financiers, and multilateral and regional institutions, to discuss practical opportunities to work together and to improve the business and investment climate.

One year after enacting the EU-South African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), officials from the EU and South Africa gathered in Johannesburg to review its progress and consider next steps.

The EU-SADC EPA entered into force in October 2016, and is designed to be an asymmetrical, development-oriented agreement. The accord has been signed by six of the 15 SADC members, namely Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.

The EPA grants all of those countries, with the exception of South Africa, duty-free, quota-free access to the European market, while improving market access for Johannesburg. The 28-nation EU ranks as the largest trading partner for these countries, with European Commission statistics placing imports at over €30 billion in minerals, metals, and other products in 2015. The block exported similar levels of engineering, automotive, and chemical products.

At this week’s meeting in Johannesburg, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told stakeholders that the 28-nation block was determined to “build on the provisions of the EU-SADC EPA that enable and even require us to be inclusive and seek systematically the involvement of civil society.”

The EU trade chief highlighted the value of bringing civil society and other stakeholders into the implementation process, including through “domestic advisory groups,” and noted that Brussels will be pushing to ink a deal with SADC EPA countries for setting up a “joint platform” bringing in additional points of view.

The EU trade official further reaffirmed the importance of the binding provisions in the trade and sustainable development chapter of the deal, referring to labour and environmental standards.

In a joint press release, South Africa Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that “both parties should work together to ensure that the EPA contributes to the structural transformation agenda of the region, enhances trade, and promotes mutually beneficial outcomes.”

However, the South African trade chief also told South African news agency the Daily Maverick that more could be done to make better use of the deals’ terms.

“If our producers are not taking up their export quotas we need to see what it needs to meet the EU standards,” Davies said, referring specifically to agricultural exports.

Malmström, meanwhile, noted in a speech to Witwatersrand University students this week that South African agricultural exports to the EU have grown over the past year, while noting “There is much more to do to really reap the benefits.”

The year 2017 is the breakthrough year towards the speedy implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), says Stephen Karingi, Acting Director of the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

In an interview ahead of the 10th Session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration (CRCI10) that will be held in Addis Ababa from October 31 to November 2, 2017, Mr. Karingi said important progress has been made so far towards the establishment of the CFTA.

The CFTA will bring together all African countries with a combined population of more than one billion people and a combined gross domestic product of more than US $3.4 trillion once it takes effect.

With the CFTA, African leaders aim to, among other things, create a single continental market for goods and services, free movement of business persons and investments and expand intra-African trade. The CFTA is also expected to enhance competitiveness at the industry and enterprise levels.

“While recognizing that CFTA is not a silver bullet whose implementation would work out Africa’s developmental challenges, CFTA adoption and implementation is certainly a right step at the right time towards advancing Africa’s development agenda, Agenda 2063 at the helmet,” said Mr. Karingi, who’s also Director of the ECA’s Capacity Development Division.

The tenth session of the Committee and the preceding Expert Group Meetings will be devoted to topical issues of relevance to the future of CFTA.

The Committee will also review developments taking place in the international trade arena, and progress made by African countries in the areas of regional integration, infrastructure and food security, agriculture and land.

“The millions of food-insecure people on our continent; the energy and income-insecure are all eagerly looking for an ambitious outcome of the negotiations and the adoption of CFTA,” said Mr. Karingi.

The inaugural meeting of the negotiating forum was launched back in February 2016, with the commitment to complete the first phase of CFTA negotiations by the end of 2017.

In January 2017, the twenty-eighth Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit chose Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou as champion of the process.

Several meetings of the negotiating forum have since been held and there is a clear indication of progress, said Mr. Karingi.

“So against this backdrop, the 10th session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration will take place at a time of renewed commitment for accelerating the establishment of the CFTA,” he said.

“This will require an introspective understanding, from the side of member States, on the importance of the implementation of CFTA, and, hence, a speedy negotiations and adoption of a framework agreement.”

The 9th Session of the CRCI held some two years ago focused on concrete policy actions and measures required to “Enhance Productive Integration for Africa’s Structural Transformation”. The session took note that Africa’s structural transformation has lagged behind its improved economic growth performance.

It is against this backdrop that the 10th CRCI will focus on trade, regional cooperation and integration which are core pillars to ensure Africa advances in its transformative agenda.

The Session will also reiterate continued support for both the Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) and the implementation of the CFTA. (UNECA/ATPC)

The year 2017 is the breakthrough year towards the speedy implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), says Stephen Karingi, Acting Director of the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

In an interview ahead of the 10th Session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration (CRCI10) that will be held in Addis Ababa from October 31 to November 2, 2017, Mr. Karingi said important progress has been made so far towards the establishment of the CFTA.

The CFTA will bring together all African countries with a combined population of more than one billion people and a combined gross domestic product of more than US $3.4 trillion once it takes effect.

With the CFTA, African leaders aim to, among other things, create a single continental market for goods and services, free movement of business persons and investments and expand intra-African trade. The CFTA is also expected to enhance competitiveness at the industry and enterprise levels.

“While recognizing that CFTA is not a silver bullet whose implementation would work out Africa’s developmental challenges, CFTA adoption and implementation is certainly a right step at the right time towards advancing Africa’s development agenda, Agenda 2063 at the helmet,” said Mr. Karingi, who’s also Director of the ECA’s Capacity Development Division.

The tenth session of the Committee and the preceding Expert Group Meetings will be devoted to topical issues of relevance to the future of CFTA.

The Committee will also review developments taking place in the international trade arena, and progress made by African countries in the areas of regional integration, infrastructure and food security, agriculture and land.

“The millions of food-insecure people on our continent; the energy and income-insecure are all eagerly looking for an ambitious outcome of the negotiations and the adoption of CFTA,” said Mr. Karingi.

The inaugural meeting of the negotiating forum was launched back in February 2016, with the commitment to complete the first phase of CFTA negotiations by the end of 2017.

In January 2017, the twenty-eighth Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit chose Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou as champion of the process.

Several meetings of the negotiating forum have since been held and there is a clear indication of progress, said Mr. Karingi.

“So against this backdrop, the 10th session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration will take place at a time of renewed commitment for accelerating the establishment of the CFTA,” he said.

“This will require an introspective understanding, from the side of member States, on the importance of the implementation of CFTA, and, hence, a speedy negotiations and adoption of a framework agreement.”

The 9th Session of the CRCI held some two years ago focused on concrete policy actions and measures required to “Enhance Productive Integration for Africa’s Structural Transformation”. The session took note that Africa’s structural transformation has lagged behind its improved economic growth performance.

It is against this backdrop that the 10th CRCI will focus on trade, regional cooperation and integration which are core pillars to ensure Africa advances in its transformative agenda.

The Session will also reiterate continued support for both the Action Plan for Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) and the implementation of the CFTA. (UNECA/ATPC)

SISAB Portugal 2018

Travel with PACCI to Lisbon, Portugal!

February 12 - 14, 2018,SET – SPAZIO EVENTI TIRSO

International Trade Fair for Portuguese Food & Beverage, Logistics and Complementary Sectors Lisbon Portugal

 

The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) in collaboration with Mundiventos Ltd. invites you to the 23rd edition of SISAB Portugal 2018 from February 12 – 14, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. SISAB 2018 is a two days international trade fair where leading Portuguese export companies and entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry meet. The 23rd edition of SISAB PORTUGAL 2018 – International Trade Fair for Portuguese Food and Beverage – will be held at Meo Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the biggest show of prestigious and high quality products and brands to international market with some 500 Portuguese exhibiting companies of 28 sectors such as Wines, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Fish and Seafood, Meat, Dairy, Confectionery, Fruits & Vegetables, Biological products, among others. Also, additional areas are offered to non-food and beverage suppliers such as Crockery, Cutlery, Plastic and utensils, Logistics, Transport, so as to complete your experience at the trade show.

REGISTER BY MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

SISAB Portugal 2018 features:

  • more than 500 National companies from 28 Sectors
  • more than 6,000 Brands and Products
  • more than 16,000 Labels and Packaging solutions
  • more than 1,700 International Buyers from 110 Countries
  • 450 States and Regions

 

PACKAGE 1
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800 EUR PER PERSON:

  • 3 nights accommodation in a single room at 5-Star hotel
  • 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners
  • 3 Days Entrance to the Event

Not Included In price

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  • Airfair
  • Visa Application Fee

PACKAGE 2:

600 EUR PER PERSON:

  • 3 nights accommodation in a single room at 4-Star hotel
  • 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners
  • 3 Days Entrance to the Event

Not Included In price

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  • Airfair
  • Visa Application Fee

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By our staff writer

Expolink in collaboration with Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) are organizing the from 2nd Destination Africa 2017 Exhibition and Conference November 11 - 12, 2017 at the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

The event aims to promote African made apparel, home textiles and textiles to the international and African markets. It also enhances the regional trade activities between the different African countries, capitalizing on tariff advantages and location.

Following success of the 1st Pan-African B2B textiles sourcing event in 2016, this year 130 manufacturers from 15 African countries, and over 300 US & EU based confirmed buyers and decision makers will attend this year's edition of Destination Africa. Readymade garments, home textiles, yarn and fabrics will be displayed over a space of more than 1500 square meters, reads a statement by the organizers.

In her statement for CFTA.Now Ms. Selamawit Teshome, Coordinator at PACCI said "the first edition of Destination Africa, which took place on November 11 and 12 of 2016 in Cairo, Egypt attracted 77 manufacturers from 11 African countries, and 127 international buyers from major US and EU companies. What's impressive about last year's event is that 96% of the international buyers also committed to sourcing from Africa. Destination Africa 2017 offers ample opportunities for African textile and garment manufacturers to showcase their products, secure new contracts and expand their market share in one of the most competitive industries".

African countries have worked their way out to prove they can be the new business hub of the world combining diversity along with competitive labor costs with very good quality, proving that Africa can be the destination to build a vertically integrated business with lower costs and good quality.

‘Like last year, the 2017 Destination Africa consists of simultaneous activities, regional exhibition with African country pavilions, international conference and seminar, and networking functions’ reads a statement by the organizers.

‘PACCI is looking to head a delegate of credible textile companies from all over Africa to showcase their products and network with over 300 business delegates at the event. We are looking for possible textile companies to be included in the delegate and interested firms should contact the PACCI secretariat for conditions and procedures’ added Ms. Selamawit.

The 2017 Africa Prosperity Conference report was compiled during the two day meeting held in Accra, Ghana, on September 12-13th, 2017. It highlights the business communities' proposals to advance the CFTA. It also provides an opportunity to reflect and bring critical perspective on Africa's economic potential and challenges.

The Report is available in English and French versions.

 

 

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October17 - 18, Set- Spazio Eventi Tirso, Rome, Italy.
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