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Seeking Opportunity: Australia's Engagements with Africa

Chatham House, London

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Bob McMullan, Special Envoy for Anglophone Africa to the Australian Prime Minister
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House


The speakers will discuss the evolving relationship between Australia and Africa. 

Australia has significantly increased its footprint in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. Led by the mining sector, Australian companies now have $50 billion in current and prospective investments in the continent. Australia is seeking a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and strengthening relations with African member states has been an important part of its bid. As African countries rise, Australia is embracing new opportunities for engagement in diplomatic relations, economic growth, security, and development. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.