Past eventResearch Event

Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: Prospects for Sustained Re-engagement

6 June 2017 - 16:00 to 17:00

Chatham House, London


Dr Stefan Cibian, Academy Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Tighisti Amare, Manager, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The newest European Union (EU) member states from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are gradually becoming more visible in foreign affairs and trade with sub-Saharan Africa.

A policy drive in this direction is evident from the strategies and political discourse of some CEE states, as well as the opening of additional missions in Africa.

But there are important questions to be answered on the aims and sustainability of these renewed engagements, the interests in and value to countries in both regions of potentially stronger relations, areas for cooperation and implications for EU-Africa engagement.

This roundtable launches the new Africa Programme research paper Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: Prospects for Sustained Re-engagement. Dr Stefan Cibian will discuss the political, trade and development dimensions of Africa-CEE relations, the role of non-state actors and potential areas for cooperation.