The African continent is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. In the last decade China has tripled its exports to Africa and it is expected that its engagement on the African continent will only grow as the African markets offer more business opportunities. The EU, inspired by its democratic values, tries to make use of conditionality to promote good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights in their trade relations with the emerging markets in Africa. However, this value-based strategy is often criticized by our African partners. In this context, our one-day seminar aims to assess best practices and discuss possibilities for effective cooperation with the African continent.
ECDPM’s Faten Aggad-Clerx will act as a moderator at the panel “Cooperation formats between the EU, China and Africa”. The panel will reflect on how China and the EU conduct their relations with Africa in different structures such as FOCAC, JAES, ECOWAS or SADC.