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6th Annual International Conference Africa Day

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

International Center for Promotion of Enterprises

 

Club of Former Slovenian Ambassadors

 

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

 

International African Forum

 

 

present the 6th annual international conference

 

AFRICA DAY

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The sixth annual international conference Africa day was held on the 18th and 19th of May 2017, at the Brdo Congress Centre near Kranj.

 

This year, in the framework of the conference, three organized panel sessions dealt with the issues of 1) mobility, youth and job creation, 2) economic and cultural networking in Africa and 3) Africa-EU common challenges and shared vision.

 

The first panel has therefore focused on discussing opportunities to enrich cooperation between Africa and the EU, by mobilising and empowering young people in spheres of politics, economy and science. Youth mobility, promotion and growth is an important current topic for Africa, as well as the EU. With 200 million young people, Africa is the youngest continent in the world. And although the large number of young people represents an opportunity for change and development, with a 60% youth unemployment rate on the continent, the conditions of utilizing their full potentials are, in a large part, left unfulfilled. Structural issues, as well as poor access to education and the labour force still need to be addressed and improved. The panel discussion discussed these issues and tried to find common solutions and opportunities that could benefit both Africa and the EU.

 

The focus of the second panel was the economic and cultural networking in Africa as an extension of last year’s panel on regional integration. Networking on the fragmented African continent is paramount for closer economic and cultural cooperation and effective policies. The current dire status of economic cooperation could have been caused by relatively small size of African economies, lack of their complementarity, seeming self-sufficiency, modest primary exports, and imports of expensive end products and industrial goods like crude oil and medicines. In addition to that the process of assimilation is generating further tensions between national communities. This panel concentrated on the above mentioned causes of fragmentation and division on the African continent while also attempted to come up with adequate solutions to the pressing issues.

 

Compared to the last year's conference, where the focus was on the development and integration of African cities and regions, economic cooperation, and African-Slovenian bilateral relations, this year the discussion shifted to broader subjects. Since many African countries are transforming at an unprecedented rate, and considering 7 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are from Africa, it is understandable that Slovenia, and the EU, begin to examine future (investment) opportunities for economic cooperation with African countries from a new perspective.

 

Africa day conference was accompanied by a cultural programme from the 17th to the 19th of May, the closing ceremony being a musical concert with performers from the Slovenian African diaspora.

 

Schedule

Day 1 Report

Day 2 Report

5th Annual International Conference Africa Day


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

International Center for Promotion of Enterprises

Club of Former Slovenian Ambassadors

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

International African Forum


 

present the 5th annual international conference

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HELD UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

DR MILAN BRGLEZ

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

Day 1: Wednesday, 25 May 2016

 

Venue:           

International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE)

Dunajska cesta 104, Ljubljana

 

8.00–9.00

Registration

 

9.00–10.30

Opening session

 

Moderated by:

Mr Peter Toš, retired Ambassador, President of the Club of Former Slovenian Ambassadors

 

Welcome address:

H.E. Dr Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia

 

Keynote speakers:

Mrs Darja Bavdaž Kuret, State Secretary and acting Minister for development cooperation and humanitarian aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

H.E. Abdul Aziz Tall, Minister for the Implementation of Senegal Development Programme

Dr Danilo Türk, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia and Candidate for Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

10.30–11.00

Coffee break

 

 

Press statement

 

11.00–12.00

Panel I: Demographics and urban and rural development in Africa

 

Moderated by:

Dr Janez Šumrada, Ambassador, Department for Bilateral Economic Cooperation I, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

 

 

Panellists:

H.E. Ms Molly Anim Addo, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the Republic of Slovenia

H.E. Ms Dinah Grace Akello, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda to the Republic of Slovenia

Mr Federico Bonaglia, Deputy Director of OECD Development Centre

Mr Jose Fernando Costa Pereira, counsellor of the Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service

 

12.00–13.30

Buffet lunch at ICPE

 

13.30–14.30

Panel II: Regional Integration in Africa and Economic Cooperation

 

Moderated by:

Mr Achille Bassilekin III, Secretary General of the Ministry of Commerce of Cameroon

 

Panellists:

H.E. Mr Youssef Diaeldin Mekkawy, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Slovenia

H.E. Mr Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the Republic of Slovenia

Mr Remigius Obioma Nzewuji, Chargé d'affaires a. i. of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Budapest

Mr Pieter Coetzee, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Vienna

 

14.30–15.30

Panel III: Prospects and Challenges of Slovenia's Engagement with Africa

 

Moderated by:

Ms Alenka Suhadolnik, Ambassador, Department for Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

 

Panellists:

Ms Ana Novak, Minister Plenipotentiary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

Mr Ibrahim Nouhoum, Co-Founder of International African Forum

Mr Boris Lipovšek, Executive Project Manager, Cetis d.d.

Mr Janez Pergar, Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa

 

 

 

 

Day 2: Thursday, 26 May 2016

 

Venue:           

Hotel LEV

Hall Karantanija

Vošnjakova ulica 1, Ljubljana

 

8.008.45

Registration

 

8.45–9.00

Opening session

 

Moderated by:

Dr Janez Šumrada, Ambassador, Directorate for Economic Diplomacy and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

 

Introductory address:

Dr Robert Kokalj, Ambassador, Director-General for Economic and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia

 

9.009.45

Senegal: presentation of business opportunities

 

9.4510.30

Algeria: presentation of business opportunities

 

10.3010.45

Coffee break

 

10:4511.15

Togo: presentation of business opportunities

 

11.1511.45

Rwanda: presentation of business opportunities

 

11:4513.00

Networking lunch

 

 

 

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