The call for applications is closed.
The event report can be downloaded here.
The Third Japan-Africa Business Forum opened a virtual B2B matchmaking from 29 June to 16 July 2021 and exceptionally invited European SMEs* with experience in Africa to meet with Japanese companies wishing to enter African markets.
The event was organised with the aim to bring Japanese companies and investors to Africa and was financed by the Japanese Ministry of Finance and the African Development Bank.
Official website available here.
Press release of the African Development Bank available here.
* SMEs are companies meeting the standard European Commission criteria for an SME.
Matchmaking supported by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
The EU-Japan Centre took part in the virtual matchmaking event organised during the Third Japan-Africa Business Forum. The EU-Japan Centre had a virtual booth within which EU SMEs and clusters with experience in Africa were co-exhibiting.
The EU-Japan Centre launched an call for applications to recruit EU SMEs and clusters with experience in Africa and looking for Japanese partners for joint projects in African markets.
Selected participants could benefit from with the following elements:
The EU-Japan Centre's virtual booth hosted EU SMEs and clusters headquartered in one of the 27 EU Member States, or in the U.K., or in countries participating in the COSME Programme.
At the time of the call for applications, applicants had to be active in one of the five priority areas targeted by the event:
At the time of the call for applications, applicants had to show a concrete project in Africa and explain the types of Japanese buyers, investors, technology partners or any other type of business partners that they were looking for in Africa.
Applicants had to meet the following eligiblity criteria:
Applicants had to:
The main criteria for selection were:
Participation was free of charge for the selected EU SMEs.
Selected EU SMEs had access to the event's webinars and virtual matchmaking platform through the EU-Japan Centre's virtual booth.
Terms and conditions
In no event will the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation be liable for any advice or information given by the organisers of the Japan-Africa Business Forum.
In no event will the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, punitive, exemplary, consequential or subsequent damages or any loss of business or profits, regardless of legal theory, whether or not the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation has been warned of the possibility of such damages, for the use, non-use or omission of any information or advice provided by the Japan-Africa Business Forum.
Successful candidates will receive an invitation-only access to the B2B matchmaking platform of the Japan-Africa Business Forum 2021 that must be kept confidential. Successful candidates have the duty to keep all information received from the Japan-Africa Business Forum confidential unless otherwise stated by the organisers of the Japan-Africa Business Forum. The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will keep confidential all information provided by the candidates for the application.
The Japan-Africa Business Forum, the African Development Bank and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation are protected by copyright, logos, trademark, and such other intellectual property rights. In no event the candidates are granted any right, title or interest in the aforementioned trademarks, logos and other intellectual property rights. Any intellectual property right owned by the candidates will remain the property of the candidates.
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