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Agenda 2017

 

2017 Topical Agenda*: Africa in the Atlantic: Time for Action

*The Atlantic Dialogues Agenda is being built up and will be published soon.

During the past decade, Africa has celebrated economic growth and new levels of political and economic engagement with its continental and Atlantic partners. These developments have fueled the will to generate common African agendas, and to solidify institutional frameworks allowing for ambitious long term visions to achieve the continent’s development. The African Union’s recent dynamism put forward the emergence of a cohesive African community, brought together for the promotion of unity and solidarity among African States, and coordination to intensify cooperation for development – among others. However, and in spite of being the home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world and vast natural resources, the continent continues to face many challenges related to its economic development, security, and governance, which not only affect its populations, but the rest of the world as well.

Looking higher in the Atlantic, the Brexit breaks the long held assumptions that European integration cannot be undone. The European crises have revealed the structural weaknesses of the EU construct, while there still is political will and public support to reform the EU. The election of Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the world. In the face of several global challenges, the U.S., under its new President, has withdrawn from several global geopolitical agendas and issues.  In the meantime, it has been rethinking and actively redefining relations with its opponents and allies, Russia, North Korea, China, Europe, and Africa.  
Finally, Latin America offers a mixed picture as political turmoil has shaken Brazil and Venezuela, announcing regime changes and structural mutations in its economic and geopolitical interactions with the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, many success stories remain to be told in various sectors relevant to agriculture, economic transformation and energy.

Together Atlantic countries have the opportunity to build a greater foundation for cooperation by capitalizing on the potential of both the North and South, leveraging on Africa’s burgeoning dynamism. There is also value in seeking a greater integration between African countries bordering the Atlantic, and the latter can serve as an engine of growth for the rest of the continent.
After having explored ways to change mental maps in 2016, we will meet again in December 2017 in Marrakesh to reset the policy agenda of the Atlantic community, and explore concrete ways to modernize transatlantic relations and partnerships with a changing Africa. 

Under the theme “Africa in the Atlantic: Tow Time for Action”, this year’s edition will take place at a time when the world faces considerable challenges from the mutations of globalization to populism, to stubborn unemployment and migration pressures, to the persistence of terrorism and extremism. But against this backdrop, there are also opportunities ranging from multilateral cooperation to the energy revolution, from generational change and soft anti-radicalization strategies to the digital revolution and innovations in agriculture, infrastructure and governance.

Under the theme “Africa in the Atlantic: Time for Action”, this year’s edition potential sessions will include: 

• Rethinking partnerships between Atlantic Superpowers and Africa 
• Transatlantic security dialogue 
• Agriculture and food security in the Southern Atlantic
• Making Africa the Atlantic engine of growth
• The green energy revolution across latitudes
• Jobs in times of automation and artificial intelligence
• The role of the Atlantic in bridging Africa’s financing gap
• Integrating South Atlantic Industries in Global Supply Chains
• Digital technology at the service of education
• Walking the Talk of entrepreneurial policies 
• The role of infrastructure in African integration
• Policies to unleash the full potential of the demographics of youth
• Africa’s natural resources and geopolitical realities
• Moving the relationship forward of India and China in the southern Atlantic
 

Session Descriptions

Agenda 2017 session descriptions*

* 2017 Atlantic Dialogues session descrptions will be published soon. 

Plenaries: 

- Plenary I: The State of the World Economy and its Implications for Development
- Plenary II: Exploiting the Economic Potential of Africa and its Global Links
- Plenary III: Agricultural Policy and Technological Change in Africa
- Plenary IV: Bridging Africa’s Financing gap: New Actors, Longstanding Challenges
- Plenary V: Re-Designing education systems: What Skillsets for the jobs of tomorrow
- Plenary VI: The Geopolitics of Africa and the Superpowers
- Plenary VII: Financing Infrastructures: Time for a Big Push in Africa
- Plenary VIII: Security in the Sahel and Transatlantic Implications
- Plenary IX: Lessons from Foreign Military Interventions in Africa
- Plenary X: The Development of Africa: Insights from Latin American Presidents (In Spanish)

In-Focus Sessions:

- In-Focus Session: Migration Economics and Security
- In-Focus Session: Positioning Africa in Global Value Chains 
- In-Focus Session:  How To Promote Regional Integration in Africa? 
- In-Focus Session: Energy-mix to Accelerate Africa’s Development 
- In-Focus Session: Transatlantic Challenges: Commonalities and Differences 
- In-Focus Session: Jobless Growth (In French)

AD Talks:

- AD Talk: Building South-South Partnerships for Development and Security
- AD Talk: What is the link between Foreign and Development Policy?  
- AD Talk: Environment, Energy and Politics

Breakout Dinners: 

- Breakout Dinner: Is Development Aid to Africa Effective?  ( In French)
- Breakout Dinner: How Can Africa Adapt to Climate Change?
- Breakout Dinner: 1 billion Youth by 2050 in Africa: The implications
- Breakout Dinner: Migration: A Threat or an Opportunity for Europe?  
- Breakout Dinner: How can African Academia, Media and Civil Society shape the Narrative of Africa
- Breakout Dinner: Can Africa Capitalize on its Natural Resources?
- Breakout Dinner: Dealing with Transnational Crime and Violent Extremism
- Breakout Dinner: The Prospects for “Trumpism”

Evening Sessions: 

- Evening Session: Gender and Social Inequalities: Local Solutions to a Global Issue
- Evening Session: African Enterprise: Small is Beautiful, Big is Better?
- Evening Session: Building Legitimate Democratic Institutions: Where do we Stand in Africa?
- Evening Session: Asia’s New African Horizons
- Evening Session: African Diasporas and Africa’s Development
- Evening Session: History and Identity: Film Projection with Zeinab Badawi

Agenda

Africa in the Atlantic: Time for Action
Marrakesh, Morocco
December 13 - 15, 2017

Draft Skeleton Agenda
As of 13 November 2017
All times are subject to change

Wednesday, December 13

09:15 – 09:45 Atlantic Currents Launch (Open to press and to the Atlantic Dialogues participants)
09:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:15 AD Connect
10:15 – 10:30 Welcome Remarks
10:30 – 11:00 Opening Conversation: Africa Owns Its Narratives 
11:00 – 11:15 One Minute Idea Pitch, Five Emerging Leaders

11:15 – 12:30 Plenary I: The State of the World Economy and its Implications for Development

12:30 – 13:00 AD Talk: Renewable Energy and the Climate Transition

13:00 – 14:20: Lunch

14:30 – 15:45 Plenary II: Exploiting the Economic Potential of Africa and its Global Links

15: 45 – 16:15 Coffee Break
 
16:15 – 17:45 Plenary III: Agricultural Policy in Africa and Technological Change 

17:45 – 19:00 Plenary IV: Bridging Africa’s Financing gap: New Actors, Longstanding Challenges

19:30 – 21:30   Breakout Dinners

1.    Is Development Aid to Africa Effective?  ( In French)
2.    How Can Africa Adapt to Climate Change? 
3.    1 billion Youth by 2050 in Africa: The implications
4.    Migration: A Threat or an Opportunity for Europe?  
5.    How can African Academia, Media and Civil Society shape the Narrative of Africa
6.    Can Africa Capitalize on its Natural Resources?
7.    Dealing with Transnational Crime and Violent Extremism
8.    The Prospects for “Trumpism”
9.    Governance Imperatives for Doing Business in Sub Saharan Africa


21:45-23:15 Evening Sessions

1.    African Enterprise: Small is Beautiful, Big is Better?
2.    Building Legitimate Democratic Institutions: Where do we Stand in Africa?
3.    African Diasporas and Africa’s Development
 

Thursday, December 14

9:00 – 10:15 Plenary V: Re-Designing education systems: What Skillsets for the jobs of tomorrow

10:15 – 10 :45  AD Talk: What is the link between Foreign and Development Policy?  (In French)

10:45 – 11:15   Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30  In-Focus Session: Transatlantic Challenges: Commonalities and Differences 

11:15 – 12:30   In-Focus Session: Positioning Africa in Global Value Chains 

12:30 – 13:50   Lunch

14:00 – 14:15   One Minute Idea Pitch, Five Emerging Leaders

14:15 – 15:30 Plenary VI: The Geopolitics of Africa and the Superpowers

15:30– 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00– 17:15 In-Focus Session:  How To Promote Regional Integration in Africa? 

16:00– 17:15 In-Focus Session: Energy-mix to Accelerate Africa’s Development 

17:15– 17:45   Coffee Break

17:45 – 19:00 Plenary VII: Financing Infrastructures: Time for a Big Push in Africa

19:30 – 21:30 Transfer to Gala Dinner

21:45 – 23:15 Evening Sessions

4.    Asia’s New African Horizons
5.    Gender and Social Inequalities: Local Solutions to a Global Issue
6.    History and Identity (Documentary projection) 

Friday, December 15

09:00 – 10:15 Plenary VIII: Security in the Sahel and Transatlantic Implications

10:15 – 10:45 AD Talk: Building South-South Partnerships for Development and Security

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15 In-Focus Session: Migration Economics and Security

11:00 – 12:15 In-Focus Session: Jobless Growth (In French)

12:15 – 13:35 Lunch

13:45 – 14:00 One Minute Idea Pitch, Five Emerging Leaders

14:00 – 15:15 Plenary IX: Lessons from Foreign Military Interventions in Africa

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:00 Plenary X: The Development of Africa: Insights from Latin American Presidents (In Spanish)

17:00 – 18:15 Closing Plenary with Emerging Leaders

18:15 – 18:30 Closing Remarks 
 

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