|Plenary Session Internationalisation of African Businesses|
Werner Hoyer, in cooperation with Luxembourg’s Presidency of the European Union, hosted the EIB Africa Day. On this occasion, the Bank welcomed
- Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Romain Schneider,
- Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Luxembourg and
- Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank.
High level speakers from Europe as well as Africa shared their experience of doing business on the continent, across several sectors and from various backgrounds.
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|Panel on the Internationalisation of African Businesses|
Africa is perceived to have a large potential in agriculture. It should have the resources to feed its growing population and able to export to Europe and other continents.
Yet there are persistent inefficiencies in agricultural value chains leading to low revenues, low productivity and high postharvest losses and ultimately low competitiveness with imported commodities like rice and sugar.
There are only few examples of local processing, in particular when it comes to cash-crops like cocoa, coffee, cotton or sugar.
What are the main opportunities out there? What can work? What is
from left to right: Mr Kees Verbeek, Rabobank Netherlands;
Mr Carl Heinrich Bruhn, Amatheon Agri Holding; Ms
Judith Helfmann-Hundack, German-African
Mr Mamadou Cissokho, ROPPA, Burkina Faso;
Ms Sabine Kontos, Penta Flowers
- Agri-Business Moderator: Judith Helfmann-Hundack, Director, German-African Business Association
- Keynote address: Li Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
- Carl Heinrich Bruhn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amatheon Agri Holding, Germany
- Sabine Kontos, Chief Executive Officer, Penta Flowers, Kenya
- Kees Verbeek, Senior Relationship Banker Africa, Rabobank, The Netherlands
- Mamadou Cissokho, Honorary President, Network of Farmers and Agricultural Producers Organizations (ROPPA), Burkina Faso
3 July 2015. This week saw my second trip to Expo Milano since its opening where I had the chance to visit even more pavilions. Beginning my visit at the EU pavilion I was welcomed at a reception of agri-food stakeholders. Expo is a real window of opportunity to communicate with citizens, foster global research and stimulate a meaningful policy debate. During my time there I also stopped by the pavilions for China, Uganda, Japan, Morocco and Colombia and took the opportunity to experience the fantastic food and drink products being produced all over the world.