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African Economic Platform 2017

24 December 2016
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The African Economic Platform (AEP) will institutionalise a new annual platform for African leaders and create an avenue for dialogue amongst a range of sectors, including the African political leadership, business leaders in the private sector, universities and intellectuals. These sectors are critical to the economic transformation agenda:


The private sector because of its role in investment, industrialisation and intra-African trade;
The higher education sector for its role in skills development, research and innovation; and Governments to ensure the implementation of fiscal and macro-economic policies and other environments for economic transformation.

The AEP is an initiative driven by Africans to provide the policy space for Africans across sectors, to set their own agenda and explore realistic continental and global opportunities and options for implementing this agenda. It will operate within the framework of the implementation of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and other progressive decisions and programs designed to promote African integration and development. Each Forum will set measurable short to medium term milestones and establish a clear road map for achieving them.

The forum will also act as a lobby and advocacy platform to influence the agenda of the AU summit and other world summits for the fast tracking of African integration and development.

The Inaugural African Economic Platform will be launched from 20 – 22 March, 2017 in Mauritius as per Decision EX.CL/Dec.924 (XXIX) adopted during the 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 2016. The outcomes of the AEP shall be endorsed through an AU Summit decision.

The Objectives of the Platform

  1. Undertake constructive multi stakeholder dialogues around common themes for Africa, led by Africans and to influence continental policy by engaging directly with African leaders on matters of mutual interest.
  2. Establish multi-country multi-sector priorities and plans for common action with clear mechanisms for follow up.
  3. Work with African leaders to remove policy obstacles for doing business in Africa, increasing the investment attractiveness of the continent, the implementation of strategies for economic diversification and industrialisation, and domestic and other resource mobilisation.
  4. To advocate for the removal of barriers that hamper communication and the flow of goods, people and services across the continent, create common platforms for articulating common African positions on global affairs and increase global awareness of Africa’s emerging role in world affairs...Read More
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    We want to connect you to endless business possibilities

    We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) Trade Mission to Portugal scheduled for March 06-08, 2017.

    PACCI along with the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry is preparing a full agenda which includes qualified business appointment, in-depth briefing sessions and a wide range of networking events. Mission delegates will have the opportunities to visit SISAB 2017 in Lisbon, the biggest annual meeting of leading Portuguese export companies and entrepreneurs, including all the associated activities they may deal with, starting from food and beverage, wood, seeds, transports, logistics, etc. Delegates will also interact with high-level government officials and business decision makers in a variety of industry sectors.

    The trade mission is in line with PACCI’s Trade Expansion Program, which foster and promotes bilateral trade opportunities between African countries and the rest of the world. Moreover, this trade mission offers significant opportunities for companies seeking to tap into Europe’s markets. We encourage African business leaders interested in business opportunities in Portugal to make plans to join us on this important mission.

     The event, which takes place over 4 days in Lisbon and surrounding towns, includes

    • Discussion with government and business officers
    • Company visits
    • Business Appointments
    • SISAB PORTUGAL 2017 visits
    • City Tour and transportation
    • 4 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel

    Should you or a colleague wish to join us on this special occasion, please send us the completed form attached herewith.

    For more information please contact Ms. Edna Alemayehu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) / Mr. Leul Wondemeneh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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