To facilitate an open and frank dialogue on key, often contentious, issues between our two continents, AEF is organising three high-level “Talking Africa-Europe” specials focusing on the priority issues of Climate and Energy (January 20), Migration and Mobility (January 27) and Vaccine Access and Equity (February 3).
This debate will explore the drivers of intercontinental migration, often misunderstood – and politically charged discourse only adds fuel to this fire. Working on a coherent, comprehensive, and compassionate approach to migration, that aims to foster well- managed mobility is key. By taking a holistic approach, this debate will look at the best ways to strengthen intra-continental mobility in Africa, and create accessible routes for regular intercontinental migration
Past event recordings:
- Talking Africa-Europe: Climate and energy in the Africa-Europe partnership. Leading the way to the AU-EU Summit
- AEF Charter: Launch of the Africa-Europe Foundation Charter
- Talking Africa-Europe: Vaccine Access and Equity in the Africa-Europe Partnership. Leading the way to the AU-EU summit
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A point of contention between Africa and Europe for decades, the drivers of intercontinental migration are often misunderstood – and politically charged discourse only adds fuel to this fire. Working on a coherent, comprehensive, and compassionate approach to migration, that aims to foster well- managed mobility is key. This debate will look at the best ways to strengthen intra-continental mobility in Africa, and create accessible routes for regular intercontinental migration.
Following his party’s landslide victory, Kyriakos Mitsotakis became Prime Minister of Greece in 2019. Prior to this, he served as a member of the Greek Parliament’s Trade and Development, Defence and Foreign Affairs and European Affairs committees. Kyriakos is also a passionate writer for leading Greek newspapers on issues ranging from foreign policy to economic affairs. Before starting his political career, he spent a decade working in the private banking sector.
A lawyer by training, Arancha Gonzalez acquired a range of experience from the field before joining the International Trade Center. Having begun her career as an associate advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters, she then went on to holding several positions within the European Commission, including being the spokeswoman for trade and advisor to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Since her time in Brussels, Gonzalez has been closely involved in setting up the WTO Aid for Trade initiative and served as the WTO Director-General’s representative (Sherpa) at the Group of 20 (G-20). Alongside her current position, Gonzalez co-chairs the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and Investment.
Alexander Betts is a Professor of Forced and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, where is also the Associate Head of the Social Sciences and a Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College. His research examines the political economy of refugee assistance, with a focus on Africa. Alexander also currently leads the IKEA Foundation-funded Refugee Economies Programme, which undertakes participatory research on the economic lives of refugees in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Prior to this, he served as director of the Refugees Studies Centre. Alexander has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian and is the author of “The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies”, which explores policy solutions for the contemporary global refugee crisis.
Bernard Gustin is a Belgian travel and transportation expert with a keen eye for development of the Africa-Europe partnership. As the former Chief Executive Officer of Brussels Airlines, he was responsible for the airline’s partnership with Lufthansa Group and its entrance into the global Star Alliance airline partnership. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was a key figure in the initial launch of the SN Brussels Airlines in 2001 and worked on its successful merger with Virgin Express. Gustin has also served as Chairman of the Association of European Airlines and a board member of Medicins Sans Frontieres.
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- By Paul Taylor
- By Jamie Shea
- Eye on the Geopolitical Ball
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- Peace, Security & Defence
- By Augusta Ramaccioni
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- Climate, Energy & Sustainability