Common ground between Europe and Africa – The 2020 Eurafrican Forum


Eurafrican has just announced the theme edition for this year’s edition of its acclaimed forum: In Search for a Common Ground.

Now on its third edition, the forum remains one of the most insightful gathering of minds to bridge the relations between Europe and Africa that I’ve ever had the privilege of participating.

The 2020 edition promises to look for new opportunities for both continents as it unveils its theme In Search for a Common Ground. The program will focus on key topics as Africa and Europe relations, Free Trade Agreements, Climate Change, African Arts and Culture, Infrastructure, Connectivity and Off-grid solutions.

Over 700 African and European changemakers are expected at the event, including entrepreneurs, artists, activists, public and private decision leaders. The event will take place in Cascais, Portugal, on July 2nd and 3rd 2020.

“It is now time to establish a structured cooperation between Africa and Europe, engaging not only public decision makers but creating a denser network, embarking in the discussions entrepreneurs, young people, women, artists, scientists…” José Manuel Durão Barroso, Chairman of the EurAfrican Forum.

Hosted by the Portuguese Diaspora Council and the Municipality of Cascais, with the High Patronage of the Portuguese Presidency, this third consecutive edition will focus on main issues such Africa and Europe relations, Free Trade Agreements, Climate Change, the influence of African Arts and Culture, Infrastructure, Connectivity and Off-grid solutions, under the theme In Search for a Common Ground.

“2020 is a pivotal year for Europe and Africa as this new decade marks the unavoidable collaboration between our continents at a time when climate change, demographic challenges and the technologic revolution are central pieces of Africa and Europe’s sustainable development puzzle”, said Filipe de Botton, Chairman of the Board of the Portuguese Diaspora Council.

As Europe and Africa face common challenges, the EurAfrican Forum exists as a platform to work on future partnerships for sustainable solutions. Exploiting synergies and promoting business opportunities with mutual benefits, the event will be sharing initiatives, in search for a common ground.

By Fabio Scala

Fabio has been involved with the continent for over 10 years. His passion began while he served as Managing Director of Mozambique’s development bank. He later led a family office in London (investing in the SADC) until he founded FurtherMarkets, his own Africa-focused consultancy.

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