Commonwealth Diplomacy in Africa: A Case for Trusted Partnerships and Soft Power
Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
Chair: Bob Dewar, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Eighteen of the 53 Commonwealth member states are in Africa, and two of the only three former members are on the continent: Gambia and Zimbabwe. The Commonwealth is an important institution of multilateral diplomacy and a trusted facilitator of strong partnerships and soft power engagement in Africa.
Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba is due to leave her post as deputy secretary-general of the Commonwealth Secretariat, which she has held since 2008. At this roundtable she will reflect on her experiences at the secretariat, and discuss the importance of Commonwealth principles as means of improving the lives of its citizens and for fostering constructive international relations, especially in Africa.