Summit on Africa “Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Towards a Harmonious Development of the Continent

Summit on Africa “Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Towards a Harmonious Development of the Continent

The African Union’s vision of an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena’ is far from being realised. The success of this vision is nevertheless in the interests of the whole world, because Africa’s problems are not only regional issues: the terror risks are present across the continent, and beyond it. The international community works with African countries as they face the challenges of security and development. Today Africa appears as the chessboard of multi-faceted power struggles, including not only Western countries, but also Asian powers. This also raises the issue of giving a stronger international voice to a continent with 15 percent of the world’s population in international institutions, such as the UN. Hasn’t the time come for African societies to represent a critical facet of the ‘Global South’ at the international level? The aim of the summit is to identify African countries’ priorities and issues holding back these countries.

 

Main points for Panel Discussion

  1. At the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, experts argued that the contribution of manufacturing to economic growth has declined in 75% countries around the world. Given this, what sectors or methods emerging markets turn to in order to maintain growth and ensure a trajectory of sustainable development?
  2. Can the West credibly claim to understand the specific needs of Africa’s 55 countries, with their heterogeneous historical, economic, social, and political realities, without trying to impose its own standards and visions?
  3. How does China’s involvement in Africa impact local communities, and regional economies?
  4. What is the right balance between national, regional, and international development for Africa in the coming decade?
  5. Can competition between the West and Asia benefit Africa, or is a more collaborative effort needed?

Moderator

  • ZYAD LIMAM, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Afrique Magazine

 

Speakers:

  • DIONCOUNDA TRAORÉ, President of Mali (2012-2013)
  • VERA SONGWE, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • ACHILLE MBEMBE, Cameroonian philosopher, political theorist and public intellectual. Member of the staff at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand