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Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: Seeking New Partnerships?

Berlin, Germany


Speakers include:
Ambassador Sanja Štiglic, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia
H.E. Ajay K. Bramdeo, Permanent Representative of the African Union, Permanent Mission to the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States
Dr Stefan Cibian, Academy Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Atje Drexler, Head of Department, International Relations, Europe and its Neighbors, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Mansoura Fall, Journalist, Agence de Presse Sénégalaise
Ivan Jančárek, Junior Deputy Minister, Section of Non-European Countries, Economic and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
Hambani Masheleni, Senior Policy Officer, Human Resources, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission
Professor Killion Munzele Munyama, Member of Parliament, Poland


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 conference will explore the drivers, impacts and prospects of renewed Africa-CEE engagement. Speakers and an expert audience will discuss the political, trade and development dimensions of Africa-CEE relations, the role of non-state actors and potential areas for cooperation. The conference will also consider the role of CEE voices in EU-Africa relations as the fifth EU-Africa Summit approaches.

This conference is supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Please note, this event is taking place according to Central European Summer Time (CEST).