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Strengthening the private sector

Vision

EMRC’s vision is a growing Africa which is interconnected with the world economy in an inclusive and equitable manner.

We are dedicated to strengthening the private sector, in order to establish a sustainable and vibrant African economy.

Mission

To achieve a solid private sector in Africa, SMEs and all stakeholders must benefit from quality learning, connections and development support.

Our strategy is to provide Africa’s decision makers from the private and public sector with pragmatic business-designed platforms, networking opportunities, trade-missions and capacity development programmes.

Partners

More than two decades of collaboration have taught us that a healthy organisation needs strong foundations. Our partners are the pillars of our platforms and initiatives.

UNDP
EIB
KFW
Pfizer
FAO
afreximbank
Old Mutual
IFC
Rabobank
ICD
cinadco
hazera
israex
lr group
mashav
rivulis

History

Over twenty years ago EMRC recognized Africa’s potential and the important role African entrepreneurs represented for the continent’s future.

Initially focusing on agriculture and entrepreneurship, our expertise has grown to include access to finance, promote public-private dialogue, as well as bridging the gap between SMEs, new technologies and capacity building.

  • EMRC - 1992

    1992

    Following the falling of the Berlin wall and the opening of markets, and in line with the European vision “towards the European single market”, EMRC is established to allow those beyond the “European Community” borders, but still in Europe, access the European market, understand its needs and expand their own networks. Emphasize is put on the economic ties between Eastern and Western Europe.

  • EMRC - 1994

    1994

    Prof. Pierre Mathijsen has retired from the European Commission as Director General of the Regional Development Directorate and Director at the European Investment Bank. He joins EMRC and is elected President; he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as to the development of economic ties between less and more developed states.

  • EMRC - 1995

    1995

    Recognizing the important role Africa’s private sector can, wants and needs to play in developing the continent’s economy, EMRC turns towards the black continent. From now on and thanks to Jean Dominique Kamba who joined the EMRC Executive Committee, more Africans, from the private and public sector, join our activities.

  • EMRC - 1996

    1996

    Babacar Ndiaye just ended his two-term Presidency at the African Development Bank and formed the African Business Roundtable, to attract more private sector players to Africa. He leads a group of officers to the first economic mission Africa-Israel, where Jacques Attali, the honorary guest speaker, presents his view of a regional Middle Eastern bank.

  • EMRC - 2000

    2000

    EMRC turns its attention to food production in Africa and travels with potential investors to Western Africa – Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana – to visit projects that require development and investment.

  • EMRC - 2001

    2001

    The first AgriBusiness Forum is held in Brussels, with experts from Rabobank Foundation, FAO, the European Commission and others, where discussions on food security and possible collaboration North-South are presented.

  • EMRC - 2003

    2003

    At the EMRC Forum in Brussels and in the presence of the media, the private and public sector, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance of Nigeria, receives the EMRC Award for her tenacity and good economic programme to boost the country’s development.

  • EMRC - 2005

    2005

    Rabobank Foundation becomes a solid supporter to EMRC AgriBusiness Forum, held annually in Brussels, with some 150-200 delegates and from now on more than half from Africa.

    The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is established, to discuss innovative financing instruments and investment opportunities in Africa.

  • EMRC - 2007

    2007

    FAO confirms its support to EMRC and hosts the AgriBusiness Forum in Rome, at its headquarters. This helps boost the participation from Africa

    November: For the first time, EMRC is invited to organise its business forum outside of Belgium. The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is held in Lisbon, Portugal, under the patronage of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union.

    EMRC experts are invited to Lubumbashi, Katanga Province, DR Congo to perform a study on the fish farming potential.

  • EMRC - 2008

    2008

    The EMRC-Rabobank Project Incubator Award is initiated at the FAO that once again hosts the AgriBusiness Forum in its headquarters in Rome. Pierre van Hedel, Managing Director of Rabobank Foundation, awards the Rwandan coffee producers for their innovative marketing approach.

    EMRC experts travel to Chad to perform a study in 6 villages in the Southern provinces of the country and to help develop and build the most appropriate farms.

    The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is hosted at the Credit Agricole and Mupeci, a Cameroonian micro-finance institution receives the Entrepreneurship Award.

  • EMRC - 2009

    2009

    Following the encouragement of our partners, the AgriBusiness Forum moves to Africa. The first Africa-edition of the AgriBusiness Forum is held in Cape Town, South Africa, with the support of the SA government and its Minister of Agriculture, Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Number of delegates rises to over 350.

    The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is hosted at the ABN Amro Bank in Amsterdam, with FMO as leading partner. The collaboration agreement between FMO and the East African Bank is signed.

  • EMRC - 2010

    2010

    President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, in his speech at the AgriBusiness Forum in Kampala, congratulates EMRC for its good and hard work to the benefit of all Africans. Prime Minister of Chad Emmanuel Nadingar leads a large delegation and enjoys extensive media attention.

    To encourage inter-regional collaboration, the Economic Mission India-Africa is launched, with the support of ICRISAT and the first group is hosted at ICRISAT’s campus in Hyderabad.

  • EMRC - 2011

    2011

    EMRC and the African Development Bank join forces and hold the Africa Finance & Investment Forum, with an emphasis on the Missing Middle, at the AfDB annual meetings in Lisbon.

    The Economic Mission India-Africa with ICRISAT and the Economic Mission Africa-Israel both aim to present advanced and successful agricultural techniques that helped the two nations develop.

  • EMRC - 2012

    2012

    The AgriBusiness Forum is held in Dakar under the auspices of Senegal’s President Macky Sall.

    The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is hosted at Rabobank headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands, in collaboration with Food First.

    The Training Programmes for Entrepreneurs are launched in Brussels, designed for small groups of entrepreneurs and tailor-made to their needs.

  • EMRC - 2013

    2013

    The AgriBusiness Forum is held in Kigali under the auspices of Rwanda’s Government and in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture. A special guest is Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, then Minister of Agriculture of Nigeria.

    The Africa Finance & Investment Forum travels to Geneva, and enjoys the support of the UN agency ITC – International Trade Center, among many others.

    EMRC leads a group of entrepreneurs to New Delhi to meet local entrepreneurs; the visit is coordinated with the Confederation of India’s Industries.

  • EMRC - 2014

    2014

    Prof. Monty Jones, the 2004 Winner of the World Food Prize for his discovery of NERICA (New Rice for Africa), leaves FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa), that he led from its inception in 2003. He is elected President of EMRC.

    The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is hosted at KFW/DEG headquarters in Cologne.

  • EMRC - 2015

    2015

    The AgriBusiness Forum is held in Kinshasa, under the auspices of President Kabila, with a record number of over 600 participants.

    The Africa Finance & Investment Forum moves to Africa, for the first time and is held in Cape Town. The Health Entrepreneurship Award is launched, sponsored by Pfizer.

President's words

Welcome to the most unique organisation; welcome to EMRC.

I first and foremost would like to thank EMRC’s Executive Committee for their confidence and for confirming me as its President, effective 1st January 2014. I accepted to serve as President because I believe in EMRC’s mission, which is to contribute to the development of the private sector in Africa by boosting sustainable and responsible economic growth through partnerships, public-private projects and others, trade, transfer of knowledge and attracting investment into the continent.

I first and foremost would like to thank EMRC’s Executive Committee for their confidence and for confirming me as its President, effective 1st January 2014. I accepted to serve as President because I believe in EMRC’s mission, which is to contribute to the development of the private sector in Africa by boosting sustainable and responsible economic growth through partnerships, public-private projects and others, trade, transfer of knowledge and attracting investment into the continent.

I believe in EMRC’s mission, which is to contribute to the development of the private sector in Africa by boosting sustainable and responsible economic growth through partnerships, public-private projects and others, trade, transfer of knowledge and attracting investment into the continent.

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Sincerely yours, Prof. Monty Jones,
President of the Executive Committee, EMRC

Our team

Idit Miller

Idit Miller

VP & Managing Director

François Kacen

François Kacen

Training & Development Manager

Aretha Francis

Aretha Francis

Communications Manager

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Eyulo Mauro Café Lopes

Digital & Communication Specialist

Sandra Antunes

Sandra Antunes

Market Development Officer

Monika Genevoix

Monika Genevoix

Market Development Officer

Camilla Hellsten

Camilla Hellsten

Administrative & Logistics Officer

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