This international conference will be part of the Jean Monnet Eurafrican Dialogues in Rwanda, themselves part of a series of events organised by the Jean Monnet Network ‘The European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age – Sustainable Development through Tripartite Cooperation and Regional Integration: The Case of the East African Community (EU-EAC)’. This research and training project is a major Jean Monnet activity supported by the European Commission. It brings together academic partners and institutions from the EAC countries, Europe and China. It aims at improving EU-Africa cooperation and contributing to building sustainable societies in Africa in coordination with the European Union and China. The Rwanda event aims to put emphasis on patterns of integration in a comparative perspective. Ample time will be devoted to engage in debate between academics, policymakers and the audience.
The conference will explore the context of African integration in general, and the possibly more advanced model of regional integration of the East African Community (EAC) in particular. It intends to provide a comparative perspective with the European model of integration and will adopt a multidisciplinary approach. It will also investigate the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) signed in 2015 which brings together three of the eight regional economic communities of Africa (EAC, COMESA and SADC), as well as the role played by the African Union in underpinning the convergence of African states.
ECDPM’s Emmanuel de Groof will be speaking at this event.