In 2020, digital events increased at global level. For the first time, Italia Africa Business Week (IABW) was held in a completely virtual and online mode. Three days of conferences and meetings with simultaneous interpretation created synergies between more than 1000 members from 45 countries. The title chosen for the fifth edition of IABW is “building back better together”. In this new edition we will try to discuss what should be a common approach to rebuild better together. During the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated lives and livelihoods around the world, highlighting the urgent need to rebuild world social and economic systems more equitably.
The pandemic has created challenges, but also opportunities: the recovery effort can be an excellent opportunity to restore Italian-African economic, commercial and industrial cooperation, ensuring a more inclusive and sustainable development path. Digital is one of the essential means to ensure the continuity of a certain number of activities (professional or personal), or simply to preserve the social bond. What joint actions could be taken to cushion the shocks caused by the pandemic? What are the debt management scenarios? How to use digital to make it a development accelerator? What mechanisms and solutions are in place to support companies facing financial difficulties?
Despite the crisis, the indicators show that there will be future opportunities in the economy and a strong Italian-African partnership can make the difference.