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First EU-African Online Business Lab for SMEs

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Thursday, 16th of July, 2020

*TIME ZONE: CEST

Location: online Zoom Room

h 10:00 Setting the scene for a better economic cooperation among African and European SMEs

Welcoming by Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Why SMEs should take Africa much more seriously - Mr. Mario Ohoven – President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and of Der Mittelstand/BVMW e.V. (Germany)

Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Djibouti

Keynote: Mrs. Jacqueline Groth, Director of the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Keynote: Mr. Hassan Hussein, Acting Director, Department of Trade and Industry at the African Union Commission (tbc)

Keynote: Mr. Antti Karhunen, Head of Unit C4 Private Sector and Trade, DG DEVCO, European Commission

Dr. Joseph Boguifo, President of Fédération Ivorienne des PME – Ivory Coast

10 min. Coffee and technical break

h 11:30 Session one: Financial Tools – what is in for European and African SMEs?

Moderation: European Value Shared Business Factory, Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

African growth sectors and investment promotion offers from the Special Initiative Training and Employment, Mr. Marcel Thomkins, Project Manager, GIZ

Financing opportunities for SMEs in Africa, Dr. James R. Kanagwa, Country Representative, Ecobank Ethiopia

Mrs. Ayélé Sikavi Gabiam, Co-Founder & Partnerships Director, LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub

Mr. Stanislas Zézé – Bloomfield Investment Corporation

h 12:15    Q&A Session

10 min. Coffee and technical break

h 12:30 Session two: Share your success in doing business in Africa

Moderator: Mr. Hans Stoisser, NextAfrica, Austria

Mrs. Linda Onyango, Financial deal maker for SMEs, specialist in SME business advisory, champion for entrepreneurship & SDG goals, Kenya

Mrs. Isadora Forcén Vázquez, IFB Advisors, Spain

Mr. Kwaku Tao Mensah, e-commerce platform Trade Africa Online www.tradeafricaonline.com, Ghana

Dr. Gernot Wagner, Entrepreneur, Germany

Mrs. Alem Greiling, Nutridense Food Manufacturing, Ethiopia (tbc)

h 13:15 Q&A Session

h 13:30 Lunch break: During the lunch you will be able to join 5 different networking sessions: 1. Energy, 2. Trade/Import/Export, 3. Digital, 4. Agriculture, 5. Industry/Manufacturing where you will be able to connect and have an exchange with like-minded people.

h 15:00 Session three: Shared Value Business Ideas Pitches – Vote for the top three!

Moderator: Mrs. Jovana Savić, Project Manager European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Pitches by 5 entrepreneurs (1st batch)

1. Alessandro Orizio, Oro Oil - Ghana / Italy

2. Thierry Nsaka, Makuta - Digital Banking - Belgium / Democratic Republic of Congo

3. Dominique d'Almeida, Copharbiotec - Belgium / Benin

4. Nadège Payet Tisset, E-Faitou - Multi project agriculture - France / Senegal

5. Bronson Eran'ogwa, The Source Plus - Water purifiers - Kenya

h 15:50 Coffee break

h 16:00     continues: Shared Value Business Ideas Pitches – Vote for the top three!

Pitches by 5 entrepreneurs (2nd batch)

6. Birindwa Bahizire, Motosec - Democratic Republic of Congo
7. Jean-François Ricouleau, Valorem - France / Ivory Coast
8. Klaus F. Hepp, Vulkan - Germany / South Africa

9. Turyahikayo Francis, Kashari Farm - Uganda

10. Santiago Orlando, Interal – Spain

h 16:50     Live Voting via Zoom Polls

Coffee and technical break

h 17:15 Session four: Economic cooperation between Africa and Europe in times of COVID-19What will the future bring?

Moderator: Prof. Horst Fischer, Univ. of Columbia and Univ. of Leiden, Associate Director Economic Cooperation European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Mr. Kebour Ghenna, Executive Director of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)

Prof. Sergio Arzeni, President of INSME, the International Network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Mr. Youssef Travaly (PhD, MBA), Friends of Europe's Senior Fellow for Digital and Task Force Leader for the African Europe Alliance

Mr. Sylvain Kopoin, Secretary General of FIPME

Mrs. Kathrin Russner, Project Manager Digital Skills Accelerator Africa (DSAA), GIZ

Q&A

h 18:30 End of the first day

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Working language is English. We will offer simultaneous interpretation for French.

Friday, 17th of July, 2020

h 09:00 Digital Networking between Africa and Europe: the matchmaking platform www.african-european- entrepreneurs.com , presented by Mrs. Jovana Savić, Project Manager, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

h 09:30 Online networking session: B2B Marketplace for business opportunities in Africa, organisation through African European Entrepreneurs Matchmaking Platform (powered by b2match)

Mrs. Jovana Savić, Project Manager, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Mr. Lorenzo Marchese, Comunications Manager, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

In parallel ongoing online help desk support, available in the zoom room

Until h 11:30 then Coffee and technical break

h 11:45 Session five: Support the companies’ ways to Africa for SMEs

Moderation und Präsentation: Mrs. Bienvenue Angui, Manager of the German-African SME Alliance and “Le Mittelstand” at Der Mittelstand/BVMW (D)

- Mr. Paul Liceaga, ADEGI International Relations and Trade (E)

- Mrs. Marlena Miasko, Deputy Director General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Katowice (PL)

- Mrs. Lynda Aphing-Kouassi, Kaizene – Ivory Coast

- one participant from Cameroon or Senegal (tbc)

- Mrs. Wincate Muthini, Business Development Manager, Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry

h 13:00 Award session for Best Shared Value Business Ideas

Presentation of the winners by

Mrs. Jovana Savic, Project Manager of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Mr. Marcel Thomkins, Project Manager “Invest for Jobs”, GIZ

Prof. Horst Fischer, Associate Director Economic Cooperation, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Dr. James R. Kanagwa, Country Representative, Ecobank Ethiopia

Closing Word by Mr. Stefan Moritz, Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

h 13:30  End of the First EU-African Online Business Lab for SMEs

Working language is English. We will offer simultaneous interpretation for French.

Registration

Closed since 15 July 2020

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Participants

Algeria 6
Austria 3
Belgium 38
Benin 18
Brazil 1
Burundi 3
Cameroon 18
Central African Republic 1
Chad 4
Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The 14
Côte d'Ivoire 18
Cyprus 1
Egypt 2
Estonia 1
Ethiopia 2
France 14
Gabon 2
Germany 59
Ghana 12
Guinea 3
Ireland 4
Italy 5
Kenya 6
Lesotho 1
Luxembourg 1
Madagascar 1
Malawi 5
Mali 15
Malta 1
Mauritius 26
Morocco 8
Mozambique 3
Netherlands 2
Niger 3
Nigeria 43
Poland 9
Portugal 1
Romania 1
Rwanda 4
Senegal 12
Sierra Leone 2
Somalia 2
South Africa 2
Spain 5
Sweden 3
Switzerland 1
Tanzania, United Republic Of 2
Togo 12
Tunisia 4
Uganda 9
United Kingdom 3
United States 4
Zambia 3
Zimbabwe 2
Total 425