The Brussels Development Briefing n. 58 on “Africa’s Agriculture Trade in a changing environment” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat, IFPRI, Concord and BMZ/GIZ was held on Wednesday 23 October 2019 (9h00-13h00) at Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels.
The briefing brought various perspectives and experiences around the new trends and opportunities in intra-Africa trade in the context of free trade agreements and regional integration. It also showed Africa trade within the broader global trade picture and with the EU as one of the main trade partners.
Experts presented trends and prospects of regional trade in Africa in the light of new policy developments as well as Africa’s recent performance in different markets. It also featured successes and innovative models in regional trade across regions in Africa and lessons learned for upscaling and expanding regional trade.
Highlights (coming soon)
09h00-09h15 Introduction to the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office and Coordinator of the Briefings
Introductory remarks: Wim Olthof, Deputy Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission; Yvonne Semba Chileshe, Expert Commodities & Value Chains Development, ACP Secretariat; Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, IFPRI; Tim Sauler, Deputy Head of Development Policy, Delegate to the ACP WP, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU; Isolina Boto, Manager CTA Brussels Office [video].
09h15-11h00 Panel 1: New opportunities in regional trade for Africa
This panel will discuss trends and prospects of regional trade in Africa in the light of new policy developments as well as Africa’s recent performance in different markets.
Chair: H.E. Dr Ousmane Sylla, Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea to the EU [video]
- What do we know about intra-regional trade in Africa: findings of AATM 2019
- Impact of the CAP and lessons learned for Africa’s agricultural regional trade
- Supporting agribusiness development and industrialisation in the continent
- Investing in inclusive agricultural trade that benefits farmers
Panel 1 Questions & Answers [video]
11h00-11h15 Coffee Break
11h15-13h00 Panel 2: Successes in regional trade
This panel will present some successes and innovative models in regional trade across regions in Africa and lessons learned for upscaling and expanding regional trade.
Chair: Wim Olthof, Deputy Head of Unit, Europeaid, European Commission[video]
- Africa-EU trade relations in agriculture and agrifood sector
- Opportunities in added-value products in local and regional markets
- From Bean to Bar: capturing value-added from cocoa
Panel 2 Questions & Answers, and Closing remarks [video]
13h00 Light Lunch