In November 2017 European and African leaders will meet in Abidjan, Ivory Coast for the 5th Africa – EU summit. This meeting between representatives of the two continents will take place in an international context dominated by man-made crises, prolonged conflicts, extremist threats,as well as natural disasters accelerated by the effects of climate change. It takes place at a time when the transformation of African economies features high on the agendas as does the widespread questioning of multilateralism and free trade. Societies on both continents experience rapid changes in the distribution of
wealth and prosperity. Governments and societies on both continents seek to find sustainable responses to these partly dramatic social transformations.
The seminar intends to bring together a small group of high-level policy makers from national, regional and continental level as well as parliamentarians, academia, civil society and the private sector. It is our aim to explore new ways of interacting between Europe and Africa in an attempt to join forces to face the challenges identified above.
ECDPM’s Ewald Wermuth will sit on the panel discussing the ‘Africa Pillar’ in the EU-ACP relations after 2020.