In 2020, the nature of the cooperation between the European Union and Africa is negotiated and might profoundly change: a new EU-Sahel Strategy, a new EU-Africa Strategy, the EU-AU summit in autumn, the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, the development of new finance instruments – all against the background of a shaky multilateralism an the challenges posed by the corona crisis. An opportunity to raise the partnership to "a new level"? An opportunity to address not only issues such as security, migration, hunger and poverty but also sustainability, the empowerment of women and youth and fair trade?
Our third webinar took a closer look on the future Africa-EU economic cooperation and EU’s financial instruments such as the External Investment Plan. The EU is still Africa’s most important partner in terms of trade, investment, economic and development cooperation. With its Africa strategy the EU aims at taking its partnership with the continent to the next level.
Keeping our slogan “What’s the offer” in mind we discussed the EU’s approaches to foster “sustainable growth and jobs” as put forward in the new strategy. Does the EU apply the right tools to achieve these indisputable objectives? Does Europe’s offer meet Africa’s aspirations and take into account the continent’s development realities? What impact may the current Covid-19 crisis have on Africa’s socio-economic agenda and the future of EU-African cooperation?
Prof. Robert Kappel, Professor Emeritus at the University of Leipzig and former President, German Institute for Global Area Studies
Please register here by 24 May 2020. Log-in details will be communicated right before the session. Simultaneous interpretation for English and French will be provided.
12 May, 2pm – 3.30pm #1 | Kick-Off | What’s the offer? Expectation on the EU-Africa Year
19 May, 3.30pm – 5pm #2 | New Finance Instruments | NDICI and Democracy Promotion
26 May, 2pm – 3.30pm #3 | New Finance Instruments | The EU External Investment Plan
2 June, 2pm – 3.30pm #4 | New Finance Instruments | The European Peace Facility
9 June, 2pm – 3.30pm #5 | Wrap up and way ahead | Targeted Policy Advice
Countries / regions: EU-Afrika-Beziehungen