The Cotonou-agreement defines the cooperation between the European Union and 79 states from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) since 2000. As a framework for the complex partnership including economic and political relations, as well as development cooperation, it is of major importance for European development cooperation and the achievement of the goals set in the Agenda 2030. Because the current agreement will come to an end in 2020, the preparations for a future agreement are in full operation.
Both sides have recently adopted their mandates and the negotiations are foreseen to start in late August 2018. In order to improve EU-Africa relations, it will be imperative to further focus on the economic, political and societal changes in Africa. The post-Cotonou negotiations are thus of major importance and both sides are under considerable pressure to succeed. The complex circumstances concern all actors involved, including civil society and the private sector.
This event aims to gather stakeholders from different sectors in order to examine different positions, develop perspectives and generate new impetus for the future cooperation with the ACP.
ECDPM’s Geert Laporte will be a speaker on the panel ‘PostCotonou: Towards a more strategic partnership with Africa”.
For any further information regarding the event, please contact the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung directly.