7 jun
- 8 jun
2017
Brussels, Belgium

The EIB and development

Operating in more than 130 countries, and in Africa since 1963, the EU’s bank is helping the EU meet its objectives globally including to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. Last year the EIB invested more than EUR 8bn outside the EU, in projects to support the Sustainable Development Goals: creating good jobs and fighting poverty, supporting young people, women and rural populations, preventing disease through access to clean water, supporting green energy and building vital transport links.

The EIB Results Measurement (ReM) report describes how the Bank is working to deliver results on issues such as the SDGs, climate and migration, and the financial and technical contribution we are able to provide.

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About the European Development Days (EDD 2017)

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Join the EIB at the EDD

At the EIB we believe that the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater. As a major player in the world of development finance, the EIB will share its ideas and expertise with development actors and stakeholders in a number of events under three major themes at the EDD 2017.

Come and join us at the EIB stand 11 where we will showcase 3 existing development projects and a new interactive learning tool for development professionals and financial intermediaries.

Tuesday 6 June

Held on the eve of the European Development Days, this high-level conference will look at the challenges and opportunities Africa must grapple with to ensure resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth. With Diederick Zambon, EIB Head of Division for the Public Sector in Africa.

15.30 to 17.00
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Wednesday 7 June

With EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle.

09.00 to 09.45 - Special Event A3
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EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle and the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, sign a loan agreement for a new project in Senegal.

10.30 to 11.00 - EIB Stand 11

EIB President Werner Hoyer will sign the EU’s New Consensus for Development which represents a gear change in the EU’s approach to development. He will be joined by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.

11.00 - Auditorium - Opening Ceremony
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The third edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC3) aims to promote resilience through post-crisis recovery. EIB Head of Development and Impact Finance, Heike Rüttgers, will participate in a session about “the Private Sector as a Key Partner in Preparedness, Response and Recovery”. WRC3 is held in conjunction with European Development Days 2017. 

11.00 to 12.30 - The Square, Brussels Meeting Center
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Lorena Sorrentino (EU Team Senior Project Manager at CSR Europe), in conversation with the EIB’s Head of Civil Society and Corporate Social Responsibility, Hakan Lucius, will discuss the challenges for businesses in applying strong ESG requirements and the ways in which the e-learning tool can help project promoters.

13.30 - 14.30 - EIB stand 11

Kenyan tech entrepreneur Peris Bosire and investment fund managers Eline Blaauboer and Ido Sum join Investment Officers Paola Ravacchioli (EIB) and Mariam Yeo Dembele (African Development Bank) as well as Head of Unit for Private Sector and Trade at DG DEVCO, Antti Karhunen to debate how supporting start-ups can change lives– featuring the new Boost Africa project.

16.00 to 17.30 - Project S2
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16.00 to 17.30 - Debate D5
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Thursday 8 June

EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle is joined by United Nations Capital Development Fund Deputy Executive Secretary Xavier Michon in a discussion on New frontiers in investment for impact

09.00 to 10.30 - Auditorium A2
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EIB Head of Development and Impact Finance, Heike Rüttgers, joins a debate on Investing in women entrepreneurs.

10.45 to 12.00 - Debate D3
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The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) is a transformative, Africa-owned and Africa-led inclusive effort to accelerate and scale up the harnessing of the continent’s huge renewable energy potential. EIB Director General, Luca Lazzaroli, will take part together with European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, in a high-level panel about the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative.

11.00 to 12.30 - Auditorium A2
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EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom, EIB experts and project partners and tech entrepreneurs from Kenya will present the impact of EIB projects outside the EU, including the announcement of the 2016 impact report.

12.45 - 13.45 - Interview room I2

Adina Relicovschi(EIB senior environmental specialist at the EIB) will talk about the 10 EIB environmental and social standards. These standards apply to all projects financed by the EIB.

13.00 - 14.00 - EIB stand 11

EIB expert Eleni Kyrou takes part in a debate on Inequalities and Indigenous Peoples organised by the International Labour Organisation with the Association of the Indigenous People of Chad on rights and financing.

13:30 to 14:45 - Debate D2
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EDD Auditorium debate: Putting Digital into Development sees EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom joined by the ”father” of microfinance Mohammed Yunus, Alexander De Croo (Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda) and William Kane, CFO of the EIB-backed Africa Mobile Networks, which will provide mobile connections to 3.6 million people in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project will be launched at the EDDs.

13.30 to 14.45 - Debate D7
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Tackling climate change in cities is the topic of a major debate with Ugandan Minister of State for Water Ronald Kibuule and EIB Vice-President Jonathan Taylor.

14.30 to 16.00 - Auditorium A1
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EIB VP Ambroise Fayolle and Mali’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Dr Boubou Cissé sign a loan agreement for a new project in the water sector in Mali.

15.00 to 16.00 - Press conference room

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