Event description

Organized by the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and Europe Center in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. This discussion featuring officials and experts serves as a timely opportunity to engage in a high-level conversation following the EU-AU Summit, which took place in Brussels on February 17, 2022. The conversation will focus on the joint vision for a renewed partnership that EU and AU leaders agreed on at the Summit and its relevance in the context of EU-U.S. cooperation in Africa. Panelists will also discuss the substantial investment plan recently announced by the European Union (Global Gateway), the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for Africa, in particular with regard to energy and food security, as well as people-to-people ties.

Join the Africa Center online to participate in this event on Thursday, June 16, 2022, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am ET. The event will be on the record. Please reach out to Tyrell Junius at TJunius@atlanticcouncil.org with any questions.

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9:30 am – 9:40 am ET

Welcoming remarks

Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
H.E. Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador, The European Union to the United States

1st Roundtable: A new transatlantic partnership with Africa? Lessons learned from the EU/AU Summit and U.S. Africa policy

Rita Laranjinha, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service (EEAS)
The Hon. Molly Phee, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, US Department of State

Amb. Rama Yade, Senior Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

9:40 am – 10:10 am ET
10:10 am – 10:20 am ET

A conversation with H.E. Hilda Suka-Mafudze, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States

Arkadiusz Marchewka, Member of Parliament, The Republic of Poland, and Millennium Fellow, Atlantic Council

2nd roundtable: The Global Gateway, a European Silk Road?

Arianna Vannini, Principal Adviser for Strategic Foresight, Chief Economist, Directorate for International Partnership (INTPA), European Commission
Diana Putman, Acting Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID
Abdoul Salam Bello, Alternative Executive Director, World Bank Africa Group II

Jörn Fleck, Acting Senior Director, Europe Center, Atlantic Council

10:20 am – 10:50 am ET
10:50 am – 11:00 am ET

A conversation with H.E. Cheikh Niang, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations

Esmat Elsayed, Alumni, Erasmus Mundus; Liaison Officer, European External Action Service (EEAS)

3rd roundtable: People-to-people ties, Putting African youth at the forefront

Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
Karim El Aynaoui, President, The Policy Center for the New South
Scott Taylor, Vice Dean and Professor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Alexandre Polack, First Counsellor, European Union Delegation to the United States

11:00 am – 11:20 am ET
11:20 am – 11:30 am ET

A conversation with H.E.  Philippe Étienne, Ambassador of France to the United States

Hafou Toure Samb, Founder and CEO, HTS Partners; Millennium Fellow, Atlantic Council

Event concludes

11:30 am ET

The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.

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