EU-Africa | Il 5 dicembre a Bruxelles

mercoledì 05 Dicembre 2018 ore 18:30 - 20:30

European Parliament, Room A3H1, Rue Wiertz, 60

[tp lang=”it” not_in=”en”]La conferenza pubblica “UE-Africa”, organizzata da I-Com, l’Istituto per la Competitività, si è svolta mercoledì 5 dicembre presso il Parlamento Europeo ospitata dall’eurodeputato Benifei. Durante questa conferenza, I-Com ha presentato il suo studio sul futuro delle relazioni UE-Africa, nel contesto del piano europeo per gli investimenti esterni. Lo studio è iniziato con un focus sulle prospettive dell’economia africana e ha discusso le politiche europee per lo sviluppo dell’Africa, prima di considerare le ragioni per cui l’energia è un motore strategico per le relazioni UE-Africa. Lo studio si è concluso con alcune raccomandazioni politiche per garantire un’efficace mobilitazione delle risorse per i paesi partner in Africa, con l’obiettivo di raggiungere gli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile. Ai partecipanti al panel è stata data l’opportunità di discutere questi e altri temi relativi a questo importante argomento. Il documento è stato presentato e discusso con alcuni fra gli stakeholders più rilevanti, tra cui rappresentanti dell’industria, funzionari della Commissione Europea e membri del Parlamento Europeo.[/tp][tp lang=”en” not_in=”it”]The Public Conference “EU-Africa”, organized by I-Com, the Institute for Competitiveness, took place on Wednesday 5th December at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Benifei. During this conference, I-Com presented its study on the future of EU-Africa relations, in the context of the European External Investment Plan. The study began with a focus on the African economy outlook and discussed the European policies for the development of Africa, before considering the reasons making energy a strategic driver for EU-Africa relations. The study concluded with some policy recommendations to ensure an effective mobilisation of resources for partner countries in Africa, with the objective of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The panellists of this public conference were given the opportunity to discuss these and other themes related to this important topic. The paper was presented and discussed with some of the most relevant stakeholders, including industry representatives, European Commission officials and MEPs.[/tp]

Presentation I-Com
I-Com study

Speakers confirmed:

[tp no_translate]Amjad BASHIR
MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group, AFET Committee[/tp]


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Amjad Bashir travelled to the United Kingdom from Pakistan aged just eight years old, to join his father who worked in Wool mills in 1960s Bradford.

Despite speaking little English on his arrival, Amjad went on to study Chemical Engineering at Bradford University, and whilst he initially started out by working in his father’s fabric company, ended up really cutting his teeth in the restaurant trade. He opened his first restaurant in 1979 and over the next thirty five years built up a successful catering business with his sons.

Having started from scratch on more than one occasion, Amjad has always been aware of the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs; there is uncertainty in the best of times and bureaucracy can be both confusing and frustrating.

Since his election to the European Parliament in 2014, Amjad has worked tirelessly on the Employment and Social Affairs committee to support and champion Small and Medium sized businesses across Europe. In particular, he is committed to reducing burdensome regulation in order to help create a stimulating environment for businesses and start-ups.

As a full Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Amjad focuses on (i) respect of human rights and rule of law throughout the world and in particular in Africa, Middle East and South Asia (ii) entrepreneurship-friendly and free trade policies at the EU level.

Amjad authored several resolutions on stateless people around the world, focusing in particular on the dire position of the Rohingya population in Myanmar. He also shadowed high-profile political dossiers, such as “Control of Foreign Direct Investments in the EU”.

He has also led numerous debates and events providing a comprehensive view of the limitations religious minorities, women and children encounter in their daily lives, not just in third countries, but in Europe as well.

Amjad is happily married to Abila Shahzar, with four children and seven grandchildren.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Brando BENIFEI
MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, AFET Committee[/tp]


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Brando Benifei, European Federalist, is one of the youngest MEPs and is from La Spezia, Italy. He has been chair of European affairs for the Young Democrats and Vice-President of ECOSY (youth organization of PES) for 4 years and was part of the PES working group which originally drafted the European Youth Guarantee. His main fields of legislative work in the EP are Employment and social affairs, Security and Defence and Foreign affairs. He is co-chair of the Youth Intergroup and vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup. Among his parliamentary activities in the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs, he is currently Shadow rapporteur for the European Social Fund Plus, the European Solidarity Corps and was responsible for key legislative and non-legislative reports on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the EU labour market; youth employment policy such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative; digitalisation and rights of persons with disabilities.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Elmar BROK
MEP, Group of the European People’s Party, AFET Committee[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Elmar Brok has been member of the European Parliament since 1980. In almost all of his terms, he was member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and was Chair in 1999-2007 and 2012-2017.  Today he is substitute member to the Delegation to the United States, where he is a member since 1985 and was Chair between 2009-2012. He was EPP representative at the European Parliament Intergovernmental Conferences on the Treaty of Lisbon, EU Constitutional Treaty (2003/2004), Treaty of Nice (2000), Treaty of Amsterdam (1996/97) and on the Council’s Reflection Group preparing the Maastricht Treaty.


In 1990 he was Chairman of the EPP in the Special Committee on German Unification. Between 1973-1983, he was Deputy Chairman of the Junge Union, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Democrat Youth Committee of Europe from 1977 to 1981, Vice Chairman of the International Democrat Union from 1991 to 2003 and Founding Chairman of the International Democrat Youth Union. He is co-chair of the Transatlantic Legislators´ Dialogue (TLD) of the European Parliament and the US Congress since 1999 and is Co-Chairman of TPN. He is Deputy Chairman of the World Association of Christian Democrat International (CDI), President of the European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW), Chairman of the CDU Federal Committee on European Policy and Chairman of the board of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED).  He is also Member of the CDU Federal Board; Member of the Executive National Council of the CDU NRW and Member of the party executive of the EPP and Co-Chairman of the EPP-foreign minister. He studied at the Centre of European Governmental Studies (Edinburgh University) and was a journalist for a number of radios and newspapers.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Belinda J. CHESIRE
Cofinancing Coordinator-EU Funds, African Development Bank Group[/tp]


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A seasoned development finance & partnerships specialist, Belinda J. Chesire, joined the African Development Bank in 2010.  She is currently responsible for coordinating AfDB’s cofinancing partnership with the European Commission and is a seasoned development finance specialist. She has also served on the African Development Fund Concessional Finance team.

Prior to joining the Bank, Belinda worked at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Nairobi as a Social Protection Specialist, task managing the Hunger and Safety Net programme in Kenya’s Arid lands and the Orphans and Vulnerable Children programme.

She worked as a Regional Development Officer at the Canadian International Development Agency in Nairobi from 2002-2009 where she was responsible for the regional portfolio including the Nile Basin Initiative, Water and sanitation Trust Fund and East African Community. She led Canada’s contribution in the implementation of Kenya’s Free Primary Education Programme in conjunction with the World Bank and other key development partners.

Belinda has a long history of collaboration with the European Commission having started her career in 1993 at the European Commission Somalia Unit and the Delegation of the European Commission in Kenya. During her career at the EC, Belinda was seconded to the office of the National Authorising Officer at the Kenyan Ministry of Finance (The Treasury) External Resource Department, where she coordinated EC development aid to Kenya under the 8th European Development Fund.

Belinda Holds a Bachelors of Education Degree from the Kenyatta University, Nairobi; a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and MA in Diplomacy from the Lancaster University, UK.

She has a keen interest on the transformation of Multilateral Development Banks and leveraging new types of financial resources and instruments for the social and economic transformation of Africa.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Stefano DA EMPOLI
President, I-Com[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Stefano is the president and principal policy analyst at I-Com, the Institute for Competitiveness, a think tank based in Rome and Brussels which he founded in 2005. He currently teaches political economy and economic policy at the Roma Tre University, in Rome. Stefano is a graduate of the Coripe Consortium for Research and Continuing Education in Economics (Piemonte, Italy), where he received a Masters Degree in Economics and the George Mason University (Virginia, USA) where he obtained his MA (Economics).

Stefano has served in key advisory or expert positions on a number of taskforces or scientific boards, including:

  • Director at the Observatory on Energy Policy of the Einaudi Foundation;
  • Expert Member of the Technical Secretariat for the Protection of Nature in the Italian Ministry of the Environment;
  • Expert Member of the Eurelectric Task Force on Investment;
  • Scientific Director of the La Scossa Association;
  • Board member of the European Foundation EYPROM;
  • Vice President of the Health City Institute.

He has authored numerous publications on economic themes, particularly with regard to policy and regulation of the energy market and infrastructural services and the governance of the institutions, and his opinions and analysis has featured in major Italian newspapers including Il Foglio, il Sole24 Ore, Huffington Post Italia and more. Stefano has also undertaken study and consultancy assignments for Italian and international public institutions, including the Senate of the Republic, the Department for EU policies, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the OECD, leading Italian and foreign companies and non-profit organizations.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Franco D’AMORE
Vice President, I-Com[/tp]


[tp no_translate]He is Vice President and Director of Energy Area of the Institute for competitiveness, an independent Research Institute that he helped to establish in 2005 and that promotes themes and analysis on competitiveness with an innovative emphasis, within the European and international policy-economic framework . He is a member of the Scientific Committee of UNCEM – Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani. He works or has worked as a consultant for public institutions and private authorities on issues of local development, innovation and European planning. He carried out numerous studies and research on energy and environmental issues, with a particular focus on sustainability of energy systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency, on policies for the containment of greenhouse gases emissions and energy innovation. To the study and analysis activities added an intense activity of implementing projects in the field of energy and environment, for both private and public authorities. Before dealing with energy he worked in the area of research of optical properties of matter for photonic applications. He graduated in physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1998). Later he earned a Master’s degree at the European School of advanced studies in material Science (University of Pavia – 2000) and a Master’s in Energy resources management (SAFE – 2004).[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Joop HAZENBERG
Senior Manager European Advocacy, GSMA[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Joop Hazenberg (1978) is Senior Manager European Advocacy at the GSMA. He has worked for over a decade on European integration and is based in Brussels since 2013. For the GSMA, the global association of mobile network operators and companies active in the mobile sector, he accelerates the cooperation with other industries, such as the automobile and health sector. After a career in governmental circles in The Netherlands, Joop became a freelancer, developing projects on major shifts in society. Since 2009 he published four books and one documentary, gave dozens of keynote speeches at (international) conferences, had many media appearances (including BBC World) and founded a think-tank in the Netherlands.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Philip Bob JUSU
Socio-Economic Officer, Permanent Mission of the African Union to the
European Union and the ACP Group[/tp]


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Philip Bob Jusu is Socio-Economist at the Permanent Mission of the African Union to the European Union and ACP Group of States since August 2016 where he interfaces with the European Commission and ACP Secretariat on socio-economic issues. Prior to his current position, he managed the migration portfolio at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa. He previously served with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK); RMS Refugee Resettlement in New Zealand; and the Anti-Corruption Commission in Sierra Leone.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Cécile LEEMANS
International Relations Officer, DG ENER, European Commission[/tp]


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As international relations officer for the Directorate General for Energy, European Commission, Cécile Leemans is developing and coordinating DG ENER’s input in the international energy relations with sub-Saharan Africa, through pan-Africa, regional and bilateral energy dialogue, in close coordination with the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development.


Ms Leemans holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. She has over 18 years working experience in construction of infrastructure (transport, water, energy) and management of international cooperation projects in various countries such as Soudan, Bangladesh, Malawi and India.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Fabrizio PORRINO
SVP Global Public Affairs, FacilityLive[/tp]


[tp no_translate]In his role as SVP Global Public Affairs, Fabrizio is responsible for the global positioning of FacilityLive.
Fabrizio is a regular speaker at international events, and he is often invited by various EU Institutions as an expert in the areas of ICT, innovation, startup, tech, and policy-making.
For FacilityLive he is currently a board member of the European Internet Forum and of the European e-Skills Association and a member of the steering group of the European Tech Alliance.
Before joining FacilityLive, Fabrizio worked for the Think Tank of the European Parliament, for the European Commission, and for Yahoo in Dublin and California. He is an Alumni of the College of Europe in which he attended after being awarded a scholarship by the Italian Government.[/tp]

[tp no_translate]Francesca RAIMONDI
EIP Secretariat Team Leader, DG NEAR, European Commission[/tp]


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[tp no_translate]Filippo Nicolò RODRIGUEZ
Head of European Associations and Mediterranean, Energy Framework, ENEL[/tp]


[tp no_translate]Filippo is the Head of European Associations, Stakeholders and Mediterranean Energy Framework at Enel SpA. Since 2009, he has also served in other international public affairs positions within Enel, working closely with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the main national Governments and business and energy multilateral organizations. In 2014 he moved to Brussels as Head of European Associations and Stakeholders. Filippo holds a postgraduate degree in international relations and diplomatic affairs at ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale) in Milan, as well as a master degree in International affairs and a bachelor degree in Political Science, both at Roma Tre University.[/tp]