Africa and Europe – Chance for a New Beginning?

Earlier this year, the EU Commission presented priorities for a new EU-Africa strategy to be adopted at the next EU-AU summit. The Cotonou Agreement will expire 2020. Germany took over the EU presidency on July 1. The forthcoming reorganization of European-African relations has gained even more importance due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis, the withdrawal of the USA from Africa, and China's "mask diplomacy".

Will Europe and Africa succeed in breaking out of old patterns and in establishing a substantially new partnership? How can innovative approaches of a green economy and the Green Deal become joint projects in Europe and Africa? What new opportunities are emerging for German companies, for example in the field of hydrogen? What consequences will the coronavirus crisis have for European-African relations? Will it lead to more introspection, or could it contribute to a new beginning in relations?

These and other questions shall be discussed at this event that the German Africa Foundation (DAS) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) would cordially like to invite you to.

The event will be simultaneously translated into German and English.

We expect contributions from, among others:

  • Miguel Berger, State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office
  • Jakkie Cilliers, Head of African Futures & Innovation, ISS - Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Uschi Eid, President, German Africa Foundation
  • Dieter Kempf, President, BDI - Federation of German Industries
  • Horst Köhler, Former German Federal President
  • H. E. Mmasekgo Masire-Mwamba, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana in Germany
  • Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union / Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union
  • Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, EU Commission