18  September, 2015

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Venue: Palazzo Assolombarda - Auditorium (via Pantano, 9)


Welcome and Introduction

Giancarlo Caratti di Lanzacco, Deputy Commissioner General, EU Pavilion

Albina Africano, President  Steering Committe of the Expo National Commissioners

Alessandro Spada, Vice President, Assolombarda

Fabrizio Grillo, Secretary General of the Expo Italian Pavilion


Keynote Speech: EU - Africa Industrial Cooperation

Bernarda Gonçalves Martins Henriques da Silva, Minister of Industry, Angola


Improving the Business Climate

Chair: Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

The International Dimension of the Agri-business

John Clarke, Director for International bilateral relations, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

African Regional Markets: an Opportunity for European Companies

Francisco Mantero, President of the Board of the Portuguese Association for Economic Development and Cooperation (ELO)

Promoting Sustainable Business Partnership between EU and Africa,

Serguei Ouattara, President & Executive Manager, EU-Africa Chamber of Commerce

Salimo Abdula, President of the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CE-CPLP)

Francisco Viana, President of the Business Confederation Europe - Africa (COFEA)


Roundtable: How to Manage Business in Africa?

Mebrhatu Meles, State Minister of Industry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Amadou Saidou, Coordinator of the Pôle Réformes du Bureau Opérationnel de Suivi (BOS),  "Plan Senegal Emergent", Senegal

Félix Sanon, Director, Chamber of Commerce of Burkina Faso

Liisa Petrykowska, Managing Director, Ignitia - SME Instrument Ambassador



Angel Carro Castrillo, Head of Division Southern Africa, European External Action Service (EEAS)


Networking Buffet Lunch

Registrations for the B2B Meetings

13.50 Opening to the B2B Meetings

Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings

Venue: Palazzo Assolombarda - Room Erba - A - B (via Pantano, 9)


Cocktail offered by Lombardy Region

Venue: 31st Fl - Palazzo Pirelli (via Fabio Filzi 22)

19  September, 2015


Registrations for the B2B Meetings

09.30 - 13.00

Continuation of the B2B Meetings

Venue: Palazzo Assolombarda - Room Erba - A - B (via Pantano, 9)


Guided visit to Expo Site, to EU Pavilion and Italian Pavilion - Lombardy Region Corner

21  September, 2015

all day

Visit to Parma and B2B Meetings

Field visits and meetings with local companies in the agro-food sector  - Organized and offered by Parma Alimentare

Download the presentation and the program of Parma


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