The Canada-Africa Clean Growth Symposium

Fostering Sustainable and Inclusive Growth through Innovative Partnerships


Clean growth is a significant opportunity across all sectors — vital to the post-COVID recovery and global sustainability. From March 15-17, 2021, the Chamber was honoured to participate in and moderate a session during the signature event, co-hosted by Canada, Ethiopia and Senegal. We explored innovative ways to grow our economies reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.

Above: Prime Minister Trudeau announces the Clean Growth Sympoisum last year, after highlighting the Chamber's new MoU in Ethiopia.

Opportunities for business are limitless. Industry leaders from experienced executives to emerging entrepreneurs, discussed cutting-edge insights, future trends and business development opportunities.

Canada is party to a $115 million syndicated credit line to support sustainable agriculture, through the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1982 and is a long-time leader in financing on the continent. African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina made the announcement in a joint statement with Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister for International Development, on the closing day of the 3-day symposium.

By building innovative partnerships, the Canada-Africa Clean Growth Symposium advanced our shared Sustainable Development Goals, including climate action, gender equality and poverty eradication, while driving inclusive and environmentally responsible economic development and advancing the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The high-level three-day addressed key issues, including: The Enabling Environment for Clean Growth, Fostering Innovation and Mobilizing Capital, and Regional Engagement post COVID-19. 

With the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement now in force, the symposium offered new opportunities for Canadian and African companies to showcase capabilities, technologies and leadership in the clean growth sector. The B2B track of the symposium fostered increased collaboration between key public and private sector stakeholders. Canadian and African companies participating in the Symposium accessed new commercial opportunities on clean growth solutions in various sectors, including green infrastructure, sustainable resource development, water treatment, clean power, and agriculture.

To facilitate networking and business development, a business café was available to private sector participants throughout the event.

For any questions, please contact Claude Gendron by email at



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