March 11, 2021
Date: 11 March 2021
Time: 11:00 (Brussels time) / 10:00 (Accra time)
Online Event (via Zoom)
Close relations between the European Union and the states of Africa are of utmost importance for both sides and were hardly coincidentally one of the priorities of the German Council Presidency 2020. Even though an intended EU-AU-Summit needed to be postponed due to the COVID-19-pandemic, Angela Merkel and many of her EU counterparts stated that cooperation is crucial in a number of fields, reaching from migration to climate change to sustainable economic growth and prosperity. Moreover, the UN Food Systems Summit to be held later this year will provide the regions with a unique opportunity to enhance EU-Africa relations and promote a common agenda for sustainable and resilient food systems. In addition, on the 1st of January, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into effect and will create strategic opportunities for African and European actors to meet on equal terms. Many of these aspects are already or will shortly become subject to discussion on the EU level, may it be through summits or the programs of upcoming Council Presidencies.
In order to achieve a partnership on eye-to-eye-level and tackle the challenges that remain equally important on both sides of the Mediterranean, the perspective of the African states or the African Union as a whole must be included in dialogues. Only if both side’s preferences are met, a sustainable strategic partnership with shared purposes can be built in the long run. A number of critics say that European states didn’t even come close to such an approach in the past and should make additional efforts to reach solutions which are in the best interest of all partners involved. This could become all the more important against the background of the European Commission’s new EU-Africa Strategy, which was presented in 2020.
During this online event, we would like to discuss how an equal partnership driven by shared interests between the EU and Africa can be fostered and how the AfCFTA can catalyze to a relationship based on true reciprocity. In what way can the EU seize the opportunity of AfCFTA as one of the cornerstones of its future trade strategy with Africa? And how does this build on the recommendations of the EU-AU Task Force on Rural Africa? Which role should the EU play towards the African Union? Which roles can Germany and the Netherlands on the one hand, and Ghana on the other hand play bilaterally in order to facilitate these processes? These and further questions will be raised during the webinar.
The European Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Socires kindly invite you to our online event “How to build a stronger strategic partnership – EU-Africa Relations in the spotlight”, which will take place on Thursday, 11 March 2021 (11:00 CET / 10:00 GMT) via Zoom. We look forward to discussing this highly relevant topic with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, as well as further high-level speakers. The discussion will take place in English. Please register via the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gYzb7em6TvWjUoaFqRlScw
We look forward to your participation!
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert
President Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic of Ghana
Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
European People’s Party (EPP)
Kitty van der Heijden
Director-General for International Cooperation (DGIS)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL)
Prof. Christine Wieck
Professor for Agricultural and Food Policy
University of Hohenheim
Member of Task Force “Rural Africa” (European Commission)
Advisor and Analyst
New Horizons Project (NHP)
President responds to the panel
President and Panel take questions from the audience
Panelists formulate key takeaways for the event
End of event