Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: A Partnership Revisited

29 Oct 2014 18:00
29 Oct 2014 20:00

Good reasons exist for rethinking the relationship between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. These range from the substantial economic growth achieved by several African countries to the strengthening of regional and sub-regional cooperation efforts. A growing awareness of the importance of the rule of law and the integrity of governmental systems has triggered a mentality shift that enables a new dynamic of development. As such, the identification of common economic interests can facilitate more cooperation in political and security matters. This provides not only a basis for deeper african integration, but also for a mature partnership with Europe and synergies with other actors such as the United States and various emerging powers. But will the European-African agenda be dominated only by economuc interests or will ethical and political concerns inspire a more encompassing approach? 

 

with Honorary Ambassador Johan Swinnen, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Johan Swinnen has had a distinguished career as a diplomat in the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Swinnen has represented Belgium to Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Greece, Rwanda, Spain, The Netherlands and the United Nations. Most notably, Ambassador Swinnen represented Belgium in Rwanda between 1990 to 1994.  

This was the fourth lecture of the Autumn Lecture Series 2014 entitled "The Future of European Geostrategy", which was jointly organised by the Institute for European Studies-VUB and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Read more about the lecture series!

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