The panel will gather representatives from Africa, the European Union, financial institutions and the private sector. It will create a space for dialogue to identify practical ways of building mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships together.
Panel 1 - EU-Africa partnerships for sustainable raw materials value chains: a win-win opportunity
Do the EU-Africa partnerships respond to the needs of the partner countries?
What can African countries do on their turn to secure a continuous flow of sustainable investment?
EU-Africa strategic partnerships on sustainable raw materials value chains are designed with a focus on the local transformation of African mineral resources. The objective is to foster local value addition and create jobs in a sustainable way. The EU will act to mobilise sustainable investments relying on the full toolbox available under the Global Gateway and using Team Europe as a delivery mechanism.
The partnerships promoted by the EU have a holistic approach, covering integration of raw materials value chains, cooperation on research and innovation, alignment on ESG (Environmental, social and Governance) criteria and international standards, infrastructure development and creation of skills along raw materials value chains. Do they have what it takes to prepare both continents to face the energy transition?
The event will showcase the strategic partnership on green hydrogen and sustainable raw materials value chains between the EU and Namibia as the first of its kind in Africa. It will explore the conditions, tools and enabling factors for more partnerships to come, and the expected benefits for countries and their society at large.
Wednesday 08 February 14:00 - 15:00 Level 1 Stage
Level 1 Stage Europe/London
Head of Unit - Investment Climate, Private sector, Trade and Employment - DG International Partnerships, European Commission
Manager: Extractives, African Development Bank
Director-General, Department for Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), South Africa
Namibia’s Green Hydrogen Commissioner, Namibian Presidency
Secretary General, EuroGeoSurveys
Critical Minerals Advisor, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Executive Advisory Board, Africa