Sa Business Forum in Abidjan
Abidjan, the capital of the Ivorian economy, hosts Business Forum between West Africa and the European Union, around the theme “Transformation of West African economies through a strengthened partnership between the European and West African private sectors”.
This first Forum between the private sectors of Europe and West Africa brought together approximately 700 participants from the private sectors of Europe and West Africa, representatives of high-level political institutions and other stakeholders.
The Forum made it possible to discuss the need for the development of priority value chains to meet the challenges of structural transformation of West African economies, but also to build strong business partnerships between the private sectors of the two. region of a part and, between the private sector and the representatives of Governments.
The Business Forum took place over two (02) days from June 16 to 17 and was marked by five (05) high -level panels, six (06) round tables, business meetings (B2B and B2G).
Conclusions of the business forum sponsored by the European Union and organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora in collaboration with CGECI, it should be noted that five (05) high level panels provided the course of the Forum and brought together twenty-three (23) panelists. Three (03) panels were provided on the first day of Business Forum.
The introductory panel focused on the theme “West Africa-European Union Partnership: Let’s Go Together”. This panel provided an opportunity to discuss proposed solutions to strengthen the partnership between the EU and West Africa. In addition, participants were able to evaluate the cooperation between West Africa and the EU countries and give their expectations at the end of this forum to explore the prospects for the development of Europe’s private sectors and West Africa.
The second panel made it possible to discuss value chains with high potential for economic change in West Africa, specifically the support to be put in place for the development of these value chains.
The third panel addresses the challenges and opportunities for accessing European Union markets and West African countries within the framework of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).
The fourth panel focused on investment opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire, a benchmark country in West Africa, and the fifth provided an opportunity to revisit innovative funding mechanisms for the private sector.
Six (06) round tables were in the program and made it possible to specifically address some key concerns that could contribute to strengthening cooperation between the two regions. They also made it possible to discuss the formation of certain value chains.
The three (3) round tables held on the first day had the themes, “the digital economy”, “the investment climate and the tools for the integration of the private sectors of Europe and West Africa”.
Three other round tables took place today and focused on “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), construction and construction and development of sustainable cities in West Africa”.
B2B sessions allow participants to have meetings with the goal of building relationships. As for B2G, they allowed participants to ask questions about major investment projects undertaken by the West African State.
In addition to panels and round tables, the Business Forum is the occasion for special events, especially the signing of a protocol between the Mouvement des entreprises de France Internationale (MEDEFI) and the Union of Employers’ Organizations of the Sahel (UPAS) and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the General Confederation of Businesses of Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI) and the Public Investment Bank of France (BPI).
The closing ceremony was led by Kandia Camara, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a representative of Dr. Méité, Director General of Economic Diplomacy of Côte d’Ivoire. He said he was convinced that the implementation of the recommendations resulting from the work would strengthen cooperation between the West African and European private sectors and he said he hoped the presidents of CGECI at Eurocham.
“We remain convinced that the recommendations resulting from the work will be implemented for a more win-win partnership between the private sectors of West Africa and Europe. I know I can count on the Presidents of CGECI and EUROCHAM for this purpose “, he concluded.