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Before the summer holidays will start all members are invited to join our annual summer event: the "European-African Business Event". From June 2015 NABC is the Chair of the European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean (EBCAM) which offers us the opportunity to focus on the role of Europe and the European Union to enhance (Dutch) business in Africa. NABC, therefore, integrates the annual barbecue and the EBCAM-event.

This time, all CEOs of NABC's counterparts in Europe and some EU institutions will be present. The speakers will highlight Europe's role in Africa, European funds available for member states businesses and will answer questions on how Dutch firms can benefit from it.. This event includes a formal dinner, drinks and music and will take place in Amsterdam

You can already register via MyNABC.

Participation is € 95,- for all Members of NABC, CIAN, Afrika Verein, Ahead Global, BCA, BCA-UK, CBL-ACP, Central Poland Chamber of Commerce, Dansk Industri, EEA, NABA and Swisscham-Africa.

The registration closes Thursday 18th of June.





                Preliminary Programme European-African Business Event

15:30     16:00     Registration open   
16:00     17:30     Seminar: What Europe can do for your business in Africa?

  •             Alexandros Spachis (Vice-President - EBCAM)
  •             John Small (Director - Eastern African Association)
  •             Angél Carro Castillo (Head of Devision Southern Africa - European External Action Service)

  •             Bert Ipema (TNS NIPO) 

                                             Key-note speaker:

  •             Heike Ruettgers (Head of Mandate Management - European Investment Bank)

17.15     18.00     Panel Discussion
18:00     19:45     Networking Reception       

19:45     21:30     Barbecue

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John Small - Chief Executive of Eastern African Association: “I was born in Kenya and lived the first 12 years of my life there before coming to the UK to complete my secondary and University education.  I studied Economics at Cambridge University, specialising in economic development.

During my early career I worked for the Commonwealth Development Corporation on an oil palm project in Papua New Guinea and I have held various other positions with commercial organisations, including Ford Motor Co., GD Searle Pharmaceuticals and Pitney Bowes, all on the accountancy side of the business.  In 1982 I went to work in Kenya for Booker Tate and then in 1984 I took up a position with East African Packaging Industries, in Nairobi, where I worked for 15 years until 1999, the last seven of which were as the Managing Director of the company.  During that time I travelled extensively in the region on export business, including several visits to Tanzania, and setting up a new company in Uganda.  I was a member of the local management boards of the Federation of Kenya Employers, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, the Eastern Africa Association and the British Businessman’s Association.

In September 1999 I took up a new position as the Chief Executive of the Eastern Africa Association in London, where I am currently still working.  This is an organisation which seeks to facilitate trade and investment in the region and has member companies from 14 different countries.  I write regular newsletters which cover the political and economic situations in the eight countries covered, and I also frequently travel to East Africa, in particular to the three main countries, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.  I speak reasonably fluent Swahili and am well-versed in the ways of doing business in the region, from an international company perspective.”

Heike Rüttgers - Head of Division of the Portfolio Management and Policy Division in the ACP Department (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) at European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

04/1994 – 06/1995 Consultant for SME Promotion and Entrepreneurial Training at LUSO CONSULT GMBH in Cologne: Project acquisition, development and implementation in Tunesia, Bulgaria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kirgisistan and Thailand for Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)

since 07/1995 Operational Department for lending outside the EU at the European Investment Bank (EIB), of which 10 years as (senior) loan officer on West Africa, 4 years on Northern Africa and 2 years on the Indian Ocean region.

since 05/2011 Head of Division of the Portfolio Management and Policy Division in the ACP Department (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) at EIB

Practical information

Date: Thursday 25 June

Time: 15.30 - 22.00 

Location: Rosarium - Amsterdam

Address: Amstelpark 1, 1083 HZ Amsterdam

(Close to Amsterdam RAI, A10 and A2)

Parking: At location (€ 1,40 p.h.)

Language: English

Dress code: Business 

Price: EBCAM-Members: € 95,- excl VAT


There are two hotels opposite of the venue: 1) Novotel Amsterdam City, and 2) Holiday Inn Amsterdam.




 Afrika Verein                                  

 Ahead Global

 British Council for Africa West & Southern

 British Council for Africa UK


 Central Poland Chamber of Commerce 


 Conseil Français des Investisseurs en Afrique

 Dansk Industri

 Eastern European Association


 European External Action Service

 European Investment Bank

 Netherlands African Business Council

 Norwegian African Business Association




You can download the following documents.

TNS NIPO Presentation


Event details

European-African Business Event
From June 25, 2015
Till June 25, 2015
NABC events
Annual Event
Amsterdam , Netherlands