Africa Day 2018
- Nov 22, 2018
Africa Day will be hosted by the EIB in partnership with UNIDO, the United Nations’ Industrial Development Organization. It will take place on 22 November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The topic at the top of the list will be sustainable industrialisation, an important step in the development of diverse economic growth in Africa.
Africa Day will examine why sustainable industrialisation is increasingly topping the policy and business agenda in African countries. It will explore how industry in Africa can become more appealing for European and African companies. Where are the opportunities for private investment in sustainable industrialisation? How can sustainable industrialisation help young entrepreneurs and women?
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News from Africa Day
It is on the African continent that we must step up our efforts the most, in order to attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals, EIB President Werner Hoyer stressed as he opened at the Africa Day conference in Addis Ababa on Thursday co-hosted by the EIB and UNIDO. “We need to have the right structures in place to facilitate private sector development and ‘crowd-in’ private sector finance”, the President of the EIB said in his opening address. “Together, we need to support a shift from aid to investment, from poverty to prosperity”
n the margins of its Africa Day in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the European Investment Bank has signed a new fifteen year EUR 200 million loan agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), aimed at supporting trade-related productive investments, including in renewable energy projects, in Africa. The facility will support promoters in more than 40 countries across Africa with long-term funding.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have co-hosted the EIB Africa Day 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UNIDO’s Director General, LI Yong, and EIB President, Werner Hoyer, opened the high-level event, alongside H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia.
At its Africa Day in Addis Ababa, the European Investment Bank signed today a new loan with the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation to further boost female economic inclusion and empowerment across the country.
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