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High-Level Forum Africa-Europe

Live stream
17.12.2018 - 18.12.2018
Vienna, Austria Center Vienna
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High-Level Forum Africa-Europe: “Taking cooperation to the digital age”

The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, as the current Chairperson of the African Union, and the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, as Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, cordially invite African and European heads of state or government, CEOs of major global companies as well as innovative entrepreneurs and stakeholders to the High‑Level Forum Africa‑Europe.

The High‑Level Forum’s leitmotif “Taking cooperation to the digital age” promotes innovation and digitalisation as important enablers for our future development, so that everyone can benefit from the ongoing digital transformation. A lot of innovation is happening both in Africa and in Europe, with many creative start‑ups providing solutions for different emerging challenges, and this Forum is an opportunity to showcase them and to learn from each other.

The High‑Level Forum provides a space to reflect and act on what needs to be done to secure prosperity and competitiveness on both continents as well as to deepen the relationship between Africa and Europe in all its aspects with a specific focus on taking cooperation to the digital age. During the high‑level segment, political leaders and CEOs are invited to share their vision on the current and future cooperation between Africa and Europe regarding innovation and digitalisation. Round tables focus on key themes linked to innovation for the digital age in Africa: FinTech (Financial Technologies); Agriculture 4.0; jobs for the 21st century: skills, qualifications and the digital potential; successful private financing of start‑ups; sustainable energy access: shifting to a digitised, decarbonised and democratised energy future; and other relevant topics.

The Forum is accompanied by a business to business (B2B) platform, where entrepreneurs and innovators from both continents have the opportunity to network and to exchange their concepts and solutions for the digital age. Start‑ups and young innovators from Africa and Europe, as well as established companies, are encouraged to actively participate in the B2B platform. B2B and B2G (business to government) meetings form the core of the B2B session and are held throughout the day. Participants can pre-book via a matching platform. Online pre-registration for the B2B/B2G matching platform is for businesses only and is open until 25 November 2018. The registration link can be found here:

The High‑Level Forum is by invitation only.

Planned Media Events

Monday 17 December 2018

10:00 –

Opening hours for media accreditation and of the media centre

Tuesday 18 December 2018

06:00 – 20:00

Opening hours of the media centre and for media accreditation
(media accreditation closes at 16:00)


Arrival of the heads of state or government


Venue: Permanent conference and media centre of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Vienna
Entrance West – Doorstep (access exclusively via the media centre!)

followed by

Welcome by Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President of the Republic of Rwanda and Chairperson of the African Union, Paul Kagame
exclusively HOST broadcaster and HOST photographers

08:30 - 10:00

Meeting of the heads of state or government

PHOTO & VIDEO OPPORTUNITY at the beginning – Tour‑de‑table (please note: only open to photo and camera crews)

Meeting point: 08:15 in Press Lounge K


Family Photo

Venue: Hall X1 – Media Centre

10:30 - 11:00

Opening of the High-Level Forum Africa‑Europe by

  • Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor
  • Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
  • Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Venue: Hall D


PRESS CONFERENCE of the Presidency
Languages: German, English, French with simultaneous interpretation

Venue: Hall K – Presidency Briefing Room


Concluding statements

Venue: Hall D


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