The EU and Africa after COVID-19


2020 is a crucial year for the future of EU-Africa relations. A proposed strategy on a new partnership between the two continents will be discussed at a joint summit, and the conclusion of a post-Cotonou agreement is also likely this year. The EU’s next multiannual financial framework that sets out its funds for external action, including for Africa, will also be concluded.

This seminar will consider the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on Africa in light of the latest long-term projections for the continent’s economic growth and development set out in Jakkie Cilliers’ new book Africa First! Igniting a growth revolution. Speakers will also consider how the EU can partner with Africa to help the continent catch up with the rest of the world.

This is a joint seminar of the Institute for Security Studies and the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Brussels Office.

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


Dr Markus Ehm, Director, Hanns Seidel Foundation Brussels Office

Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Chairperson, ISS Board of Trustees, and Head, ISS African Futures & Innovation

Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director, European External Action Service, Africa

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