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AFRICAN UNION TO ORGANISE THE AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION WEEK 2018 (AIW 2018)

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

What: AFRICA INDUSTRIALIZATION WEEK 2018 (AIW 2018)

When: Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd November 2018

Where: AU Headquarters, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia

Who: Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission (AUC)

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE AFRICAN UNION HEADQUARTERS ON 18TH NOVEMBER 2018

The African Union Commission (AUC) plans to organize an Africa Industrialization Week (AIW) to be held from the 18th to the 23rd November 2018 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The afternoon of 18th November 2018 is dedicated for the Official Opening Ceremony by the H.E Paul Kagame, Chairperson of the African Union and President of the Republic of Rwanda, High Level dignitaries from Member States, RECs, United Nations Agencies, Diplomatic Corps and Private Sector will attend the Opening session.

The commemoration of the Africa Industrialization Day (AID2018) to be organized by the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission in partnership with the NEPAD Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Regional Economic communities (RECs) and Development Partners. The Theme for the AID2018 and AIW2018 is: “Promoting Regional Value Chains in Africa: A pathway for accelerating Africa’s structural transformation, industrialization and pharmaceutical production”.

Given the importance of Industrial development as an engine for inclusive and sustainable development, the AIW2018 seeks to enhance consciousness and understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with the industrialization drive on the continent. This is meant to mobilize African leaders, policy makers, and private sector and development cooperating partners to enhance dialogue on the pan-African industrialisation agenda, with emphasis on how development of regional value chains can a be a major catalyst towards boosting industrial production capacity, and hence accelerated industrialization for the continent as we gear up on the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.
The AIW2018 will also among other things, promote the implementation of the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA), the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA), the SME Strategy, the Boosting Intra-African Trade and the African Continental Free Trade Area and the UN General Assembly's Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) in the context of Agenda 2063.

The 1st AU-NEPAD Africa Pharma Conference will be the flagship event of the Africa Industrialization Week (AIW). This event is co-organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Social Affairs and the NEPAD agency. It will be held from the 19th to 21st November, 2018 with aim to contribute to efforts to boost local production of essential medicines. The conference will involve all relevant continental institutions, development partners, UN agencies, Member States and the private sector.

The week will also be commemorated through a series of events which will highlight the progress, achievements, and challenges faced by African governments in developing their industrial sectors. It will also provide a platform for business to business interface, to enhance prospects for developing business partnerships and investment promotion.

Some of the side events during the week will include:

 Continental Forum on Regional Value Chains and Mobilizing African Manufacturer’s (to support the linkage of Africa Regional Value Chains to the Global Value Supply);
 The Second Symposium on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Green Industrialization.
 A Workshop on Africa Enterprise Network, catalyzing SMEs and start-ups productivity;
 A Workshop on Youth Entrepreneurship to reduce migration, Youth and women empowerment in enterprise development; and
 A Workshop on Financing Industrialization.
 EIB-UNIDO Africa Day 2018: sustainable Industrialization in Africa.

Heads of State and Government, high level representatives of international organizations and senior policy makers from across the continent are expected to participate in the AIW2018.

Media contact:
Mrs. Esther Azaa Tankou, Head of Information Division, Directorate of Information and Communication, AU Commission, Tel: +251911361185, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Patient Atcho, Communication Assistant, Department of Trade and Industry, AUC Commission, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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AfCFTA WORKSHOPS SERIES 2018

First Edition - The Weston Hotel, Nairobi - Kenya!

October 23 - 24, 2018, 

 

The Workshop is Happening Now!

 

 

 

For exporters, importers and cross-border investors to learn how the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and other trade changes will impact your business this year and beyond.  

 

We’re speaking with leaders who are on top of all the changes and innovations made to the most important trade agreement in Africa. We’ll be offering up a mix of information on tax reform, AfCFTA, trade/tariffs and more.

This special AfCFTA workshop series, in collaboration with the experts at AU Commission, will be held in various cities over the coming months, with the kick-off in Nairobi October 23 - 24, 2018. For each discussion, members may tune-in from anywhere.

 

WORKSHOP  PROGRAM

1. Keynotes on the AfCFTA and its implementation

2. The business framework and the outlook for AfCFTA and its implications on African countries [Presentation]

3. Challenges and opportunities: a practical approach [Panel Discussion]

4. The deepening of East African integration, and Kenya as key player in regional supply chains [Presentation]

5. The most prominent concerns of the AfCFTA implementation, immigration and border security [Presentation]

6. Importance of the AfCFTA to Ethiopia, Ghana, DRC, Mozambique, Morocco [Panel Discussion]

7. AfCFTA and Getting Globalization Right: Poverty, Inequality, and Trade [Presentation]

8. Rules of origin, arbitration, and the effect of exchange rates on the utilization of AfCFTA; [Presentation]

9. Market Panel: Tanzania, Congo, Togo, Uganda [Panel Discussion]

10. INDUSTRY TOUR

 

Join PACCI for this important event in-person or virtually. 

Goal: Learn from practitioners and experts who are up-to-date on all the information exporters and importers need to know about AfCFTA.

 

Who Should Attend: Executives at exporters, importers and investors – CEOs, COOs, CFOs, EVPs, business, sales, marketing.

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In-person location: African Union Headquarter - Addis Ababa

 

ABOUT THE AfCFTA

AfCFTA is a new trade agreement between African countries.

It makes it easier to export goods and services, benefitting people and businesses in Africa.

On 21 March 2018 African heads of state and government officials met in Kigali, Rwanda, to sign the framework to establish this initiative of the African Union.

National parliaments in African countries will then need to approve AfCFTA before it can take full effect.

It will only enter into force fully and definitively, however, when (twenty-two) 22 AU Member
States have ratified the Agreement.

The deal will bring benefits for people and businesses across Africa. It will help to generate growth and jobs by:

  • Boosting exports;
  • Lowering the cost of the inputs businesses need to make their products;
  • Offering greater choice for consumers, and
  • Upholding African standards for products.

 

WHAT WILL AfCFTA DO?

AfCFTA offers new opportunities for African businesses of all sizes to export across the continent. Following ratification AfCFTA removes duties on 90% of products (tariff lines) that the African countries trade with other African countries.

The agreement will especially benefit smaller companies who can least afford the cost of the red tape involved in exporting to other African countries. Small businesses will save time and money, for example, by avoiding duplicative product testing requirements, lengthy customs procedures and costly legal fees. Member States' authorities dealing with export promotion and chambers of commerce stand ready to help businesses to start exporting in Africa, boost existing trade, and attract investment.

The agreement also offers better legal certainty in the service economy, greater mobility for company employees, and a framework to enable the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, from architects to crane operators.

 

PROCEDURE AND NEXT STEPS

AfCFTA will be fully implemented once 22 Member States ratify the deal according to their respective constitutional requirements. At the time AfCFTA will take full effect, a new Dispute Resolution System will be put in place.

 

THE BENEFITS OF AfCFTA

  • Helping to generate growth and jobs
  • Creating a level playing field for African companies, big and small
  • Lowering prices and widening choice for Africa's consumers
  • Cutting customs duties for exporters and importers
  • Cutting other costs for African businesses
  • Making it easier for African firms to sell services across Africa
  • Helping Africa’s rural communities market distinctive food and drinks
  • Protecting Africa's innovators and artists
  • Recognizing each other's professional qualifications
  • Protecting people's rights at work, and the environment.

 

The Workshop is Happening Now!

 

 

 

 

The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) is very pleased to announce our participation as Supporting Organization of the 2018 edition of the Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS).

The 2018 edition of Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) is scheduled to be held on June 24-26, 2018 in Washington D.C. ATIGS is a unique high-level conference and trade show, prestigious, biennial business platform designed specifically to promote and facilitate international trade and foreign direct investment in Africa, with attendance projection of over 2,000 participants from more than 70 countries for a three day of networking, markets knowledge sharing, marketing & matchmaking, B2B, G2B, G2G meetings & deal making.

The event will see the participation of more than 150 speakers, over 160 exhibitors, high-level government delegations, project developers, business leaders, trade promotional organizations (TPOs) and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from various African countries, and over 350 global investors including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and asset management firms. 

Unlike most talk-shop conferences focused on Africa, ATIGS moves beyond that instead focus on providing first hand face-to-face access to African markets at a one-stop shop by featuring African countries pavilions inside hall one representative companies sourcing for international partners & investments, and government agencies (TPO’s & IPA’s) showcasing the wide range of trade and investment opportunities that are available in their respective countries to connect with companies worldwide looking to expand or establish their business operations in Africa, and global investors with interests in Africa. There will also be Middle East, Europe, U.S.A, Canada, and Asia exhibition/pavilions representing companies & government agencies with interests to engage with Africa.

For more information and to register follow the link below.

 http://atigs2018.com/eventbrite/

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.

The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry teamed up with Ethiopian Association for Dental Research take the pleasure to welcome you to the 5th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Africa Middle East Region General Session and Exhibition taking place in Addis Ababa from September 26 to 28 September 2017. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Emerging Digital Dentistry and Inequalities in Oral Health” which will provide an international platform for discussion of present and future challenges in oral health, dental education, technology, equity and more.

The Conference will comprise a number of side events, including:

  • The 5th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Africa Middle East Region General Session and Exhibition;
  • The 31st IADR East and Southern Africa Division Annual Meeting;
  • The 14th Annual Scientific Conference of IADR Nigerian Division and
  • The 12th Annual Meeting of Ethiopian Association for Dental Research.

So come and join leading experts and allied professionals from 26-28 September 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to keep up with the rapidly accelerating pace of change that is already having an impact in Africa on the field of Dental and Oral Health, and will continue to in the future.

Creating employment is a priority for many governments’, as a result there has been calls to develop comprehensive strategies for young people who are not in employment, education or training. With poverty regularly cited as one of the most robust correlates of instability, it seems somewhat obvious that such programs could potentially increase stability even if that is not their primary aim. Despite the possibility of such spillovers, however, these impacts are seldom measured, with success based on a program’s economic impact. With a few notable exceptions, these potential spillovers and interactions are insufficiently modeled or understood, especially in conflict-affected and fragile settings. The research project entitled Employment for Stability was carried out to fill this knowledge gap by using employment intervention and stability data to identify these effects and interrelations.

By providing new information on the relationship between economic opportunity and stability in the context of employment interventions through a meta-analysis of pro-employment aid programs matched with stability data and the identification of lessons learnt, the study is intended to contribute to more effective policy interventions for longer-term stability, particularly in fragile countries.

It is against this context Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, The United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, the Hague Institute for Global Justice, INES-Ruhengeri and Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry are organizing the International Workshop on Employment for Stability from July 5-6, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Goals and Objectives  of the Workshop

The Conference seeks to

  • Facilitate inter-sectoral dialogue and sharing of experiences to understand the extent employment programs help bring stability.
  • Stock-taking of the main results of the study including the lessons learnt and eventual strategies, policies, and actions.
  • Explore potential roles for strategic engagement (nationally, regionally and internationally) with the aim of realizing appropriate and effective strategies to improve both development and stability.

 

Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Trade Policy Center is organizing a consultation meeting on May 22-23, 2017 entitled ‘Enabling Cross Border Trade - Ways Chambers of Commerce can lobby in Support of the Single Window Meeting’ to update business on the progress made in implementing the Trade Single Window system across the continent and to contribute ideas to help shape the future of import/export processes and formalities in Africa.

The Consultation Meeting on Enabling Cross Border Trade will discuss issues and challenges around the implementation and operation of the Single Window in Africa and the ways the chambers of commerce and other business support associations can influence the trade facilitation implementation process. 

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The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 2009 by 35 founding national business chambers to influence government policy and create a better operating environment for business.

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