AFRICA SUMMIT

Africa transforming

17 June 2019 - 14:30 - 18:00
Shada Islam
Introduction

Held on the eve of the European Development Days, this high-level conference will look at the challenges and opportunities Africa and Europe must grapple with to ensure resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth.

Africa and Europe are in the midst of a massive transformation of their economic, political and social structures. While many welcome these changes, others fear being left behind, prompting societal anxieties and possible social unrest. This is creating a politics which could undermine the very policies that will address the challenges at hand. Europe and Africa can learn much from each other on tackling these and other challenges. This requires, however, that both agree to engage in a partnership of shared objectives and interests.

This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.

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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola to the forum.

Topics

Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa has expanded beyond the traditional focus on development, trade, and security. Reflecting the changed geopolitical landscape and the increased global role of emerging economies, the focus of the EU and Friends of Europe is now also on Europe’s interaction with its global partners on climate change, connectivity and implementation of Agenda 2030 as well as terrorism and radicalisation. Our programmes and activities track these conversations – and foresee new ones - through publications and events that aim to make sense of our changing world.

Programme
14.30-15.00

Welcome & registration of participants

15:00-16:15

SESSION I:  WOMEN, PEACE AND GOVERNANCE

Peace, security and good governance are pre-requisites for development and social cohesion. So is gender equality. Over the years, African governments, regional and sub-regional organisations have made significant commitments towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. Following the adoption of the African Union Gender Policy in 2009, African leaders launched the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 and the Fund for African Women to accelerate the implementation of all commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Women hold close to one-third of parliamentary seats in 11 African countries, with Rwanda often spotlighted as the poster child for gender equality. However, almost all African Union envoys to conflict zones are men despite evidence that when peace agreements are negotiated by women, they are more durable and sustainable.
•    Are African governments implementing the right policies to encourage female leadership and the participation of women in politics, business and societies?
•    What can be done to ensure women’s participation in peacekeeping, conflict resolution and reconciliation? 
•    Which specific actions are needed to bring more women into leadership positions in African?

Moderated by:
Shada Islam, Director for Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

16:15-16:45

Coffee Break

16:45-17:15

CONVERSATION WITH

Africa and Europe are engaged in a dynamic new conversation which goes far beyond their traditional, under-performing, donor-recipient relationship. With the focus shifting from aid to trade and investments and to the potential of female leadership and the continent’s young people, what should be the key elements of an Africa-EU partnership based on jointly identified, mutual and complementary interests?

17:15 -18:30

SESSION II:  SKILLS, YOUTH AND THE POWER OF DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY

By 2030, Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to more than one-quarter of the world’s under-25 population. These young people represent a demographic opportunity but can only play a constructive and productive role if they acquire the skills required to meet the demands of the future. With new technologies expected to create 2.1mn new jobs by 2020, African youth need relevant new skills including not only digital literacy but also creativity, critical thinking, flexibility and leadership. If they succeed, Africa will be able to tap the full potential of digital technologies. This revolution is already reshaping the continent by generating new market opportunities, improving firms’ productivity and enhancing Africa’s comparative advantage in global production networks. Digital connectivity is also transforming access to health and education and shifting relations between state and citizens. 
•    What skills are required in the workforce to realise the full economic benefits of digitalisation?
•    Are governments doing enough to bridge the geographic, demographic, speed and gender connectivity disparities to allow everyone to benefit from the digital revolution? 
•    How can Africa and Europe work together to improve African millennials’ access to skills for the future? 

Moderated by:
Shada Islam, Director for Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

18:30

End of debate

Speakers
Shada Islam
Director for Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Partners

Development Policy Forum:

  FoE AFD GIZ JICA World Bank

 

 

 

UN EIB Coca Cola eni    
Registration

This event is exclusively for Friends of Europe’s members, EU institution representatives and media.
For more information, please contact Augusta Ramaccioni, Programme Executive at Friends of Europe.

Augusta Ramaccioni, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 (0)2 300 29 93 
Email: augusta.ramaccioni@friendsofeurope.org

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