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For the period 2022-2025, PACCI will focus on projects that advance intra-African trade, namely the implementation of the AfCFTA, job creation, investment, and economic growth priorities of African countries.

PACCI will focus on advancing policies that promote a welcoming business environment and job creation. It will support and elevate its existing efforts by identifying current business environment strengths and opportunities, gaining and sharing access to business information held by both public and private bodies.

PACCI supports private and public initiatives, programs, and legislation helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Focus will also be provided to increase greater awareness of the need to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, including gender diversity and equity.

PACCI plans to deliver real-time connectivity to every chamber of commerce in Africa where businesses, consultants, and media professionals can engage with each other and undertake digital trade to boost Intra-Africa trade.

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September 15, Nairobi-Kenya

The IGAD Regional Trade Policy’s vision is to foster market-driven, development-oriented, and sustainable trade in the IGAD region, capable of catalysing expanded economic growth, reducing poverty, ensuring food security, and attaining improved living standards in the region.

Representatives of IGAD Member States from the Ministry of Trade and Heads of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representatives of partners such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) attended the one-day event.

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NEW PUBLICATION: Impact of Ukraine war on commodities and Africa

The Russia – Ukraine war is still raging. At this stage it is too soon to measure the war’s full impact on Africa, it is clear that the repercussions will be multidimensional. For now, African countries that are heavily dependent on food and energy imports from Russia are particularly vulnerable to economic shocks as a result of the crisis. Additionally, rising fertilizer costs further compound these increasing food prices.

According to the U.N., Russia is the highest exporter of nitrogen fertilizer and the second-highest exporter of phosphorous and potassium fertilizer globally.

African countries that produce fuel and gas such as Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, and Tanzania should be benefiting from the resulting increase of prices.

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7 th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF)

The Forum was jointly promoted and sponsored by the European Commission and the African Union
Commission and organised in partnership with the Pan-African business organisations Africa Business
Council, Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AfroChampions, Business Africa, and the PanEuropean business organisations Business Europe, European Business Council for Africa and the
Mediterranean, Eurochambres and European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME.

The EABF was the culmination of months of preparatory discussions between business representatives and public sector stakeholders from the EU and Africa that prepared the event, assisted by 12 thematic working groups. The members of each of these working groups drafted valuable proposals for their
respective areas, reflecting the discussions in the working groups, which are annexed to this business declaration.

Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in Africa

To assess the impact of Covid-19 on the state of business and industry, PACCI asked leaders of chambers of commerce and industry associations to complete a survey to help understand the impact of the ongoing global pandemic on business. This survey, which took place from 28 April 2020 to 12 May 2020, reflects the view of 112 presidents and senior officials of chambers of commerce and industry (City/Regional and national chambers), and Business Membership Associations, out of which 21 were women business leaders. This is the first edition of the survey that will be a quarterly tracking poll on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses for the duration of this pandemic, so that we can track the impacts over time.



This regional briefing paper was prepared as part of stocktaking exercises to prepare background documents for knowledge and capacity building deliverables under the AfDB non-lending project “Improving Trade facilitation Environment in the IGAD Region Through Knowledge Generation and Capacity Building”. The report provides an analysis and recommendations based on surveys undertaken by PACCI among chambers of commerce and businesses in IGAD member countries, complemented with additional information from key stakeholders and analysis of secondary data.

Impact de COVID-19 seu Les Enterprises en Afrique

Pour évaluer l’impact de Covid-19 sur la situation des entreprises et de l’industrie, PACCI a demandé aux dirigeants des associations de chambres de commerce et d’industrie de répondre à un questionnaire pour aider à mieux comprendre l’impact de la pandémie mondiale actuelle sur les entreprises. Cette étude, qui a été menée du 28 avril 2020 au 12 mai 2020, reflète l’opinion de 112 présidents et hauts fonctionnaires d’associations de chambres de commerce et d’industrie (chambres municipales/régionales et nationales) dont 21 sont des femmes dirigeantes. Les propriétaires de petites entreprises ont participé à hauteur de 76 pour cent de l’ensemble de l’enquête.

Il s’agit de la première édition de cette étude qui sera un questionnaire trimestriel sur l’impact de la pandémie COVID-19 sur les entreprises pendant toute la durée de la pandémie, afin de pouvoir mesurer les répercussions au cours du temps

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