Tag: Africa

B20 India – Final meeting of the Action Council on African Economic Integration

After 6 months of work and proactive engagement by its members, the B20 India Action Council on African Economic Integration – An Agenda for Global Business met for its fourth & final meeting on June 30, 2023. As a contributing member to the Action Council, The Bridge Tank attended the meeting, represented by its chairman Joel Ruet.

The B20 India Action Council on African Economic Integration is an initiative of the Business20 (B20) – the G20’s engagement group with the business community – launched under India’s 2023 presidency and chaired by Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder & Chairman of Bharti Enterprises. A long-time advocate for greater economic integration of the African continent and a strong proponent for North-South & South-South engagement, The Bridge Tank had joined the Action Council in January 2023, during the B20 Inception Meeting.

The Action Council’s co-chairs present during the meeting included Mauro Bellini, Chairman, Marcopolo Board of Directors, Brazil, Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Nigeria, Patricia Nzolantima, Founder, Bizzoly Holding, Democratic Republic of Congo, Valentina Mintah, Founder, West Blue Consulting, Ghana, Cas Coovadia, CEO, Business Unity, South Africa, Birju Pradipkumar Patel, Joint CEO, ETG World, South Africa, & Sudarshan Venu, Managing Director, TVS Motor Company, India.

Action Council Chair Sunil Bharti Mittal
Co-Chair Tony Elumelu

The meeting presented the policy paper developed by the Action Council along five priority themes:

  1. Promoting stronger human capital outcomes across health, education and skilling
  2. Transform agriculture and food systems to sustainably improve productivity, food security and nutrition levels
  3. Structural transformation through industrialisation via private investments, technology adoption, MSME enablement and energy access
  4. Facilitating trade to harness the potential of integration into regional and global value chains
  5. Bridging the physical and digital connectivity gaps through facilitating investment.

The policy paper and its recommendations will now be submitted to the G20 and presented to stakeholders through B20/G20 dialogue. The paper hopes to serve as the basis for continued advocacy and dialogue in favour of African economic integration.

Marrakesh – World Climate Summit at COP22

The Bridge Tank team was invited to attend the World Climate Summit, organized on the sidelines of the COP22 on Sunday, November 13th at the Palm Plaza Hotel in Marrakech. Continue reading “Marrakesh – World Climate Summit at COP22”

The Bridge Tank at COP22 : Programme of our Side-Events

The COP 22 marks the beginning of a new cycle of COPs: COPs of action. For all stakeholders, today’s challenge is to identify the tools that will permit the implementation of the commitments made last December. Thus, this will also be the COP of innovation: innovative ideas, tools, and solutions. This is why we are organising multiple side events in Marrakesh on the sidelines of the COP 22, as a part of our InnovaCOP initiative, a platform of action and interaction for innovation. Continue reading “The Bridge Tank at COP22 : Programme of our Side-Events”

New York – Opening Week of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly

On the sidelines of the opening of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Joël Ruet, chairman of The Bridge Tank, participated in a number of events in New York City, organized by the African Union and the IDLO (International Development Law Organization).

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Lyon – Morocco-France, a partnership to be strengthened for a co-development dynamic in Africa

The Bridge Tank, which pays particular attention to the development of inclusive growth models in Africa, will participate on the 24th of May at the conference “Economic Cooperation Morocco France: New Partnerships for New Horizons”, organised at the headquarters of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Regional Council.

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Dakhla – In Morocco, signals of emergence are growing stronger

The 3rd Dakhla International Meeting, organized under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI, was held 3—4 December 2015 on the theme “New economic territories, actors and factors in emergence, comparative international experiences”. At this event, Joël Ruet, president of The Bridge Tank, foregrounded Morocco’s signals of emergence, be it industrial diversification or the enhancement of its natural capital. Continue reading “Dakhla – In Morocco, signals of emergence are growing stronger”

Paris – From the “pro-mitigation COP” to the “pro-adaptation COP”

In the lead up to COP21, The Bridge Tank’s president Joël Ruet attended a dinner at the French Senate with Mrs Hakima El Haité, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment in Morocco, where COP22 will be hosted in 2016 and, in her words, “continue the line of COP21”. Continue reading “Paris – From the “pro-mitigation COP” to the “pro-adaptation COP””

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