JAES EDD Seminar on the 23 of October 2009: “Citizens at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership” Mobilising stakeholders

The citizen dimension lies at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership and of the Joint Strategy adopted in 2007 in Lisbon by the Heads of State and Government of both continents. One of the main objectives and key innovations of the partnership is to be “people centred”. To this end, a permanent dialogue has been established with parliaments, local authorities and non-State actors, among which the private sector, economic and social partners including trade unions, and civil society.

What are the key issues at stake? Which progress has been made so far? What are the main challenges? How to reconcile interests, which appear sometimes scattered, or even divergent, between heterogeneous actors? Which implementation mechanisms should be set up? How to organise a structured and efficient dialogue between civil society and official actors? Do local authorities have a specific role to play? Which similarities and differences exist between the European and African approach? What should be the role of the African diasporas in Europe? What should be the role of foundations? How to go ahead?

Participants will be invited to share their expectations, analyses and proposals on these issues. The outcomes and ideas of the seminar will feed the reflection of policy makers and facilitate the involvement of citizens in the Partnership.

WHO????- Speakers at the JAES EDD seminar:

  • Keynote address by Alpha Oumar Konaré, the AUC Former President
  • Ambassador Mahamet Saleh Annadif, Permanent Representative of the African Union to the EU, Brussels
  • Klaus Rudischhauser, Director, Directorate General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States, European Commission
  • Akere Muna, President of the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC)
  • Awil Mohamoud, Executive Director Africa Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC)
  • Cheick Modibo Diarra, Microsoft Vice-President for Africa, Africa-EU Business Forum
  • Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Momar Talla Kane, President of CONGAD, Chair of the network of West and Central African NGO Platforms (REPAOC)
  • Gerard Stahl, Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions
  • Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Delegation for relations with the Panafrican Parliament
  • Sandy Boyle, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Vice President of both the External Relations Section and of the Employees Group, Member of the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee
  • Sandra Ceciarini, Director for International Cooperation of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR/CCMR)
  • Lars Bosselmann, Member of the EU CSO Steering Group following the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
  • Olukoshi Adebayo, Director of the Economic Commission for Africa Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP)
  • Moderator

  • James Mackie, Programme Coordinator: Development Policy and International Relations, ECDPM
  • WHEN????


    23 October


    14:00 – 16:45


    Stockholmsmässan, Room A2, Hall A

    Download Information

    Description fiche of the JAES EDD Seminar – pdf

    Participant list of the JAES EDD Seminar – pdf

    Further information on EDD – click here

    Official EU- Africa website – click here

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