THE

TOPICS


The Forum positions the youth of the two continents as the hope for a better future and will address new partnership paradigms between Africa and Europe to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and new skills.



PANEL 1

AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS DRIVING INCLUSIVE INNOVATION AND GROWTH.


https://www.eurafricanforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Logos_EAF_p1.jpg

Innovation is absolutely key to African stability and sustained growth in the coming decades and a crucial element to how countries achieve prosperity. Each new generation seeks to apply its skills in new, challenging jobs, that offer new opportunities. But innovation is the producer of those new jobs, whether they are ultimately found in a lab, in a factory, or even on a farm using the latest technologies.

Sheer ambition and aspiration of Africa’s youth is the inner challenge to retake the narrative and reinvent the continent’s technological and entrepreneurial future. Innovation is an opportunity, mobilizing knowledge, expertise and resources to enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystem and raise awareness of the ‘continent of the future’ innovation potential.

Is Africa leading the innovation revolution? How to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities from the digital transformation that Africa is offering? Which are the most entrepreneurial cities in Europe? Which African cities are growing and blooming now?

This panel is sponsored by Omatapalo.

 

PANEL 2

FROM DONOR-RECIPIENT TOWARDS EQUAL PARTICIPATION.


By 2050 a quarter of the world’s population would be African, and it is part of the European Union plan to deepen ties with Africa to counter the growing influence of China, at a time that already 36% of Africa’s trade is with Europe. Eventually these ‘twin-continents’ would form ‘one giant free-trade zone’, as an economic partnership between equals. Building a new Africa–Europe relationship based on mutual respect and collective decision-making presents a huge challenge.

How to move towards a more balanced, mutually respectful, relationship between both continents? How to shift Europe-Africa relationship away from aid, towards investment and trade? How to exploit the geographical advantage between both continents in terms of proximity at the same time as it confronts the politically divisive issue of uncontrolled migration?

This panel is sponsored by Mota-Engil.

https://www.eurafricanforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Logos_EAF_p2.jpg


PANEL 3

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE: VALUING TALENT AND DIVERSITY FROM MIGRANT FLOWS.


https://www.eurafricanforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Logos_EAF_p3.jpg

Europe is facing demographic pressure. The working-age population will decrease significantly, and by 2050 more than 34 percent of Europe’s population is expected to be age 60 or older. These projected changes in the population structure reflect assumptions on fertility rates, life expectancy and migration flows. Therefore, migration phenomenon can be seen as an opportunity for growth and employment source for Europe and not as a crisis, having immense mutual benefits if it is well-governed. Host country policies governing migrants’ access to labor markets and their ease of integration into local communities will determine how quickly these positive migration impacts can be realized.

It is only a matter about perception – changing the problem and changing the narrative, bringing in a new generation of the African diaspora and perspectives through writers, artists, actors, producers, singers, addressing well known issues about legacy in a creative and simple way.

What can be done so Europe and Africa can profit from each other? Which are the cultural and phycological barriers regarding Africa and Europe relations? How to strengthen cooperation between south of Europe and the North of Africa to take the most of proximity opportunities?


PANEL 4

AFRICA: THE NEW FRONTIER FOR IMPACT INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION.


Today, impact investment has attracted a wide variety of investors, both individual and institutional, and it is taking place all over the world and across all asset classes. Philanthropy and the private sector are looking to social impact investing as a new approach to international development. Private equity is experimenting with innovative models that engage the non-profit and public sectors with market investments that make a profit and support a public good.

In Africa, impact investing is a growing phenomenon, albeit one which is developing at different speeds in different parts of the continent where Southern Africa is leading the field. Home to some of the fastest developing economies and markets in the world, with real challenges to solve and real ways to solve them. Africa is the land of opportunity and the playground where impact investment and innovation is the upfront.  

How are these projects evolving in Africa? In which areas can impact investing make a difference? Can “impact” be measured credibly?

https://www.eurafricanforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Logos_EAF_p4.jpg


PANEL 5

LEGACY TO GROWTH: REHABILITATING THE HERITAGE, CULTURE AND TOURISM.


https://www.eurafricanforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Logos_EAF_p5.jpg

Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. State heritage properties (buildings and historical sites, monuments, handcrafts) are a very important part of the historical, cultural and social identity of a country, and make a rich and distinctive contribution to the attractiveness of a region and the development of tourism. It is therefore crucial to ensure that they are preserved, valued and publicized, and that they are made more widely accessible. Many locations are now actively developing their (tangible and intangible) cultural assets as a means of developing comparative advantages in an increasingly competitive tourism market place, and to create local distinctiveness in the face of globalization.

In view of the renovation and use of this cultural and historical heritage throughout countries, it is possible to transform them into an economic asset for countries’ economies, suitable for tourism-oriented economic activity, generating wealth and jobs, enhancing the attractiveness of regional destinations the development of different regions. This panel is sponsored by Tourism of Portugal that recently launched the REVIVE project, leveraging the cultural values as a connecting force between Africa and Europe.

How can heritage be a connector factor between the two continents? How to take advantage of this cultural heritage to increase countries awareness worldwide and promote local tourism? How to leverage on legacy to grow, generate wealth and create new jobs? How can innovative models can be deployed and used for African and European countries? How is public-private cooperation essential to create positive economic and development outcomes?

This panel is sponsored by Tourism of Portugal.

 



THE

BREAKOUT SESSIONS


Parallel breakout sessions about related topics for the strengthen of the relations between Europe and Africa. These sessions will take place in the rooms E105, E002, E003, E005, E111.



BREAKOUT SESSION 1

REBUILDING MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique is beginning the long process of rebuilding, after cyclones Idai and Kenneth ravaged the country’s central region causing significant loss of life, epidemic and infrastructure damage. Mozambique’s $337 million humanitarian response plan, largely made up of an appeal for $281 million after the cyclone hit, covers only 23 percent of the funds needed. Despite the recent US$1.2B pledge by international donors to Mozambique, the World Bank estimates that the affected countries will need over $2 billion to recover.

What is already being done? What are the priorities and timeframe to act? Which solutions could play a role of filling the financing gap? Given the environmental conditions in the region what can be done to give basic levels of resilience and prevent future catastrophes? How can this Forum support in any way the development of the country?

The Government of Mozambique will provide an overview of the country’s situation and fact numbers to launch the discussion.

 



BREAKOUT SESSION 2

SECURITY, MIGRATION AND TALENT

We live in a world on the move. Today, roughly 244 million people live outside their country of origin, some in search of better opportunities, others flee from crises imposed by conflict or disasters, or from abject poverty.  While migration is not a new phenomenon, the sheer scale of forced and irregular migration in recent years has called attention to the need for stronger international cooperation to better address the root causes of displacement and to promote durable solutions towards safe, orderly and regular migration. However, the arrival of large numbers of migrants, especially from very different social or cultural backgrounds than the receiving communities can also pose serious challenges to social cohesion. This can have practical implications for states, such as talent integration and job opportunities, as well as competition with the labor market, national security and identity.

This session was designed in collaboration with the Institute of Security and Strategy Foundation of Poland.

 



BREAKOUT SESSION 3

TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

The power relations that impede women’s attainment of healthy and fulfilling lives operate at many levels of society, from the most personal to the highly public. Achieving change requires policy and programme actions. Also, education is a key role and the most important means of empowering women and youth, encouraging the development of individuals capacity and skills. Maximizing the chances of a population’s success inevitably involves the development of all its skills, especially for populations made up mostly of young people, where women are increasingly educated and represent an important workforce. Therefore, empowerment itself can begin with: Personal Autonomy, Freedom of Choice, Self Love/Self Respect and as a base ingredient Bravery.

How to take the most of each one, regardless being a woman or even a child? How to align educational and training systems with the current and future needs of young people, so they cannot only discern developmental issues but may even be capable of suggesting innovative solutions to deep problems of development and growth? How social change on women and youth empowerment can impact on world’s financial development? How can communities and technology platforms enable and empower talented individuals to shape and accelerate Africa’s social and economic development?



BREAKOUT SESSION 4

EU-AF ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AFRICA

Africa is about to become the world’s largest free trade area. boosting competitiveness as active globalizers and with Europe eventually form a free-trade zone of 2 billion people. At a time when only 35,9% of internet penetration happens in Africa (faced to 56% world average), and with the huge and increasing demand for data and increasing opportunities for 5G and fibre, digital and broadband infrastructure investment is one of the major challenges and top priorities for Africa – a big opportunity for investors to cooperate globally.  Now, there is huge potential for digital impact in Africa. But to achieve that, the five foundations of a digital economy need to be in place – digital infrastructure, literacy and skills, financial services, platforms, and digital entrepreneurship and innovation.

Who is leading Africa’s digital infrastructure investment to enable the technology of the future? Is Africa competing globally already? How can artificial intelligence support the delivery of high-tech solutions for Africa? How can research support the boost of competitiveness for Africa? What needs to be done to increase better digital literacy and skills? Is private-public cooperation needed for the success of economic and market integration for both continents?