COVID-19: EurAfrican Forum Digital 2020 to Focus on Challenges and Common Points

Cascais, 10 July 2018 – The first edition of the EurAfrican forum held under the High Patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic and the Government of Portugal, is a one-day exclusive High-Level Forum. With the theme “Crafting Coalitions for Change, this action-oriented platform aims to foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa in order to promote a shared green and inclusive growth, to uncover new business opportunities and to create synergies between innovation models.

For the first time, EurAfrican Forum would be held exclusively online between September 3 and 4, bringing together personalities from the public and private sectors, and also representatives of civil society, entrepreneurs, activists and scientists.

This year’s edition would focus on challenges and common points, with the theme: “In Search for a Common Ground in a Post COVID-19 World.”

The programme would focus on five panel discussions, including: Perspectives on AU-EU relations; Matrix Energy Just Transition Made in Africa; Emerging and Fast Track Business; African Culture Feeding the World; and Connecting the Unconnected Due to the Global Public Health Crisis.

Many international conferences have been cancelled or postponed due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but at a time of risk and uncertainty, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Diaspora, Filipe de Botton, believed that it’s a crucial moment for us to be together.

“The only way to respond to a global crisis is to reestablish links, not only with political and private decision-makers, but also with civil society, in order to acquire a collective vision and establish global solutions.

“Thus, we made the decision to hold the EurAfrican Forum Digital, so that we can play a role in the recovery of our economies” said Botton.

The forum would bring together the biggest protagonists of change on the African and European continents, namely businessmen, activists, leaders and public and private decision-makers and all those who have been contributing to the construction of a positive dialogue between the two continents.

Talks would continue, and the Digital Forum would provide the necessary tools for working together to find common ground in a post-COVID-19 world.

EurAfrican Forum 2020 is an independent platform that brings together all those who are building a positive dialogue between Africa and Europe, including entrepreneurs, activists, researchers and policy makers.

Idowu Sowunmi