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Seminar on Chinese and European views of stability in Africa

dinsdag, 13 november, 2012 - 15:00 to dinsdag, 13 november, 2012 - 17:00
Karel van Miert Building
Rome -1
Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels

The Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies and the Institute of European Studies have the pleasure of inviting you to a policy seminar on Chinese and European views of stability in Africa that will take place on 13 November 2012. The aim of this event is to take stock of the situation in Africa and to assess where the interests of China and Europe converge. In the last decade, Africa has experienced relative stability and growth. Yet, as commodity prices have become more vulnerable and several states struggle to translate economic opportunities into durable development, the question arises whether the rather hopeful evolution of the previous years will persist. The seminar will commence with an update on three sub-regions: the Horn, Central Africa, and the Sahel. Subsequently, it will discuss the repercussions for Europe and China.

The programme is as follows:

15:00: Welcome by Jonathan Holslag, BICCS
15:10: The regional outlook:
  • Northern Africa: Stephan Roll, SWP Berlin
  • Eastern Congo: Koen Vlassenroot, University of Ghent
  • The Horn of Africa: Ioannis Mantzikos, King’s College
  • Discussant: Esther Marijnen, Institute for European Studies
15:50: Policy perspectives:
  • The Chinese view: Ambassador Zhong Jianhua, Chinese Special Envoy to Africa, MFA.
  • The European view: Koen Vervaeke, Director for the Horn of Africa, East and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, European External Action Services
  • Discussant: Anna Stahl, Institute for European Studies
16:30: Discussion about the options for cooperation between China and Europe
17:00: End of meeting
The meeting takes place at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels, -1, ROME. The number of participants is limited.