Mapping Africa's priorities ahead of the EU-AU Summit

This seminar considers whether Africa’s primary concerns are reflected in the planned global strategy.

African states and the European Union (EU) are expected to negotiate a new strategy to be adopted at the EU-Africa Summit scheduled for October 2020. To frame the negotiations, a European Commission communique proposed key areas for consideration: green transitions and energy access, digital transformation, sustainable growth and jobs, peace and governance, and migration and mobility.

This seminar will discuss whether these five areas align with African priorities, and the likely impact of COVID-19 on EU-Africa engagement.

Chair: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects, ISS

Hafsa Maalim, Policy Analyst, African Union
George Mukundi, CEO, Maendeleo Group
Geert Laporte, Director, European Think Tanks Group and Deputy Director, European Centre for Development Policy Management
Tsion Tadesse Abebe, Senior Researcher, ISS Addis Ababa

Development partners
This event is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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