27/04/2017

Casa África participates in the conference “Africa in the perspective of the G20”

Photograph from today’s conference in Madrid.

Photograph from today’s conference in Madrid.

The international community looks towards Africa and recent developments on the continent with hopeful anticipation. As a result of this anticipation, the next G20 summit, which will bring together the world's largest economies in July 2017 in Hamburg, will put a special emphasis on Africa as a priority region. Many African leaders are invited to join this G20 summit to discuss closer cooperation between the international community and African countries.

The policies adopted by the G20 have a direct impact on Africa’s development, while events in Africa influence global prosperity and stability. Key examples of this strong interdependence between Africa and the G20 are climate change, the consequences of the financial crisis, pandemics, terrorism, migration and refugee crises.

Spain has a special interest in Africa and the events on this continent. As a direct neighbour of Africa, which also regularly participates in the G20 summits, Spain will pay special attention to this upcoming Africa-focused meeting and future prospects for closer cooperation with its African neighbours.

Think tanks from Africa and the G20 will analyze how G20 policy affects African countries and vice versa. They will develop recommendations on which areas of the G20 can build alliances with Africa for sustainable development and how this should be done. The Elcano Royal Institute is one of these reflection groups and, together with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, organized this international conference in Madrid. Casa África was represented by its director general, Luis Padrón, who moderated the session Stability, governance and intra-state conflicts. Challenges for development in Africa Catherine Samba Panza, Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega and Ignacio Cartagena participated in this first panel.

The objective of this conference is to serve as a preparation for Spain’s contribution to the next G20 summit: to discuss the current situations in African countries and the possibilities and prospects for future cooperation with them.

 

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