Web Talk on International Cooperation

The EU Global Gateway – One year in: How to partner with the private sector?

In her 2021 State of the Union Speech, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the new global EU connectivity strategy under the name of “Global Gateway”. Launched in December 2021, the Global Gateway sets the strategic EU framework to boost smart, clean, and secure links in digital, energy and transport sectors and to strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.

The Global Gateway is also designed to strengthen Europe’s geopolitical position and ambition. As such, it has implications for all EU Member States, for the EU’s partners in development cooperation, but also for other leading actors, such as China or the USA. On top of its geopolitical nature, the Global Gateway constitutes the EU’s strategy to facilitate investment in connectivity globally and in partnership with the Global North and South. The Team Europe approach will play an important role to mobilise additional resources from EU Member States, private sector actors, Development Financing Institutions (DFIs) and Public Development Banks, but also to implement the Global Gateway.

Now, one year on, is a fitting moment to take stock and address some remaining questions. Among the remaining questions are the roll out of the governance structure and degree and level of stakeholder involvement. And, ultimately, the ability of the Global Gateway to indeed leverage and mobilise private investments remains an open question. This event will focus in on this point and go into greater depth with stakeholders on how the sum of €300 billion can be leveraged and implemented.

The event is geared to an audience of existing and potential future partners of the Global Gateway:  From representatives of the private sector and business development to officials of development banks and financial institutions, to those working in technical cooperation and involved in project implementation, to interested members of the public both in the political capitals of Berlin and Brussels to partner countries and beyond – the event will aim to address some key questions on the Global Gateway, including: What role can technical cooperation agencies, such as GIZ, play to support the efforts of Global Gateway? Who needs to be involved and how – and which interests play a role (and how can they be reconciled)? Which partners inside and outside the EU come into question? We look forward to discussing these and further questions together with the following speakers:

  • Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Koen Doens, Director-General for International Partnerships at the European Commission
  • Nardos Bekele-Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
  • Ben Wreschner, Chief Economist, Vodafone Group
  • San Bilal, Senior Executive at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ecdpm)

The event will be streamed live from 4 to 5.30 p.m. (C.E.T.) on 30 November 2022.

Please register for this event by following this link:
https://veranstaltung-berlin.giz.de/event.php?vnr=5a-20a  (in German)

The event will be held in English.

Additional information

Please register for this event here (in German).