Southern Africa Europe Ceo Dialogue

The Covid-19 pandemic offers a unique window of opportunity to accelerate the shift towards a more sustainable and inclusive world built on equitable and mutually beneficial economic and political partnerships. To ensure a post-pandemic recovery based on a solid foundation, Southern Africa and Europe should strengthen their partnership, building high-level relationships between key decision-makers on both continents.

The 8th edition of the Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue, held in Johannesburg in a hybrid format, is a unique platform capable of promoting this dialogue and supporting the long-term growth of strategic trade and economic relations between Europe and Southern Africa.

Why the Summit?

Uniqueness: the CEO Dialogue provides a unique regional and inter-continental perspective, involving business and government leaders from all over SADC

Networking opportunities: participants have the exclusive opportunity to get in touch with prominent European and African CEOs, Ministers and Institutions

Cooperation: the Summit is the only platform for European and Southern African players to create business opportunities, share ideas and start together a new growth path

Innovative and updated contents: the Summit’s plenary sessions focus on issues of primary importance for Southern Africa and Europe cooperation

Trust: dialogue, knowledge and personal feeling are the preconditions for a shared growth and are the basis of the exclusive community of leaders from all around the world that join the Summit

The Summit in brief

Created on the basis of the Italy-South Africa bilateral summit, the platform founded by The European House-Ambrosetti in 2014 allows top-level business and institutional leaders from both continents to share ideas, build new and strong partnerships, and learn about the enormous economic and political opportunities that exist within Euro-African relations today, with a special focus on SADC. The Summit aims to provide concrete approaches that have a direct impact for business, regarding the EU’s growing attention and commitment towards Sub-Saharan Africa.

In this context, Italy has a leading role in the development of cooperation not only with South Africa, but also with neighboring countries such as Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Thanks to a Think Tank of international experts and authoritative advisors, the Summit addresses issues of primary importance for Europe and Southern Africa, taking into account the geopolitical, economic, and social trends that will influence the future of the two continents. Areas of interest include manufacturing, automotive, transport and infrastructure, energy and renewables, education and research, tourism, health and pharmaceutical products, finance and agro-industry.

They say about us

“The South Africa-Italy Summit has become the main event for the Italian and South African entrepreneurial leadership to strengthen bilateral economic relations. Building upon this bilateral framework, the Summit has evolved into a pan-European and pan-African platform to create strategic business partnerships at the highest level” (source: CNBC Africa)

Collateral initiatives

Round Table in Copperbelt, Zambia, November 29, 2021

On the margins of the 8th edition of the Summit in Johannesburg, The European House-Ambrosetti and the Italian Embassy in Lusaka are promoting a round table on business opportunities in the mining sector in Zambia, where the Copperbelt Province is one of the main copper production areas in Africa and the world. The initiative will be held in Kitwe (Zambia), in the morning on November 29, 2021 on the side-lines of the 8th Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue, at the presence of Hon. Marina Sereni (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy), Hon. Elisha Matambo (Provincial Minister for the Copperbelt Province), Hon. Chipoka Mulenga (Minister of Commerce and Trade, Zambia) and Hon. Paul Kabuswe (Minster of Mines and Minerals, Zambia), and Glencore's top management.

For the visa application, kindly contact Ms. Veronica Banda at the Zambian Embassy in Rome (phone: 06-36006903; Email:


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CEO Community – African Chapter

Created on the side of the Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue in 2019, the CEO Community – African Chapter is a regional club of CEOs from European and African companies that brings together business leaders from Southern Africa to foster exclusive networking activities, facilitate contacts between companies and build privileged relationships with institutions in SADC countries. The Community, which is reserved for a limited number of CEOs, meets in quarterly meetings where important international guests share their vision of the future of the world economy, and in particular on the African economy, with the participants. Guests include HE Emmerson Mnangagwa (President of Zimbabwe), Fani Titi (CEO of Investec), Mark Cutifani (CEO of Anglo American), Akbar Al Baker (CEO of Qatar Airways), Mo Ibrahim, Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa (CEO of Naspers South Africa), Cristina Duarte (Special Adviser for Africa to the UN Secretary General) and many others.

Global Attractiveness Index – Africa

For more information please contact:

Filippo Malinverno, Project Coordinator – Africa –; Tel. +39 02 46753.627
Nico de Kock, Country Representative in South Africa –; Tel. +27 82 941 4041