As historic and geographic natural allies, Africa and Europe need to forge an equitable alliance, by recognizing and using their complimentary assets, to create a world with greater solidarity, justice and sustainable prosperity for all.
The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), as the new basis for Europe and Africa’s relations, create a new context for such constructive engagement, as equal partners.
Africa and Europe: the winds of change are blowing forcefully
Mazungumzo’s unique role is to provide a platform for African experts in Brussels about the realities of Africa’s opportunities and challenges, where these stakeholders will have their voices heard independently and will be positioned to contribute to problem identification and resolution. This will give European public and private sector decision-makers unique and objective insights into the continent’s opportunities and challenges.
Stakeholders in Europe and Africa will craft practicable and mutually beneficial options for action on issues affecting both continents. Such trans-continental partnerships, including government, academics, local NGOs, business and regional institutions, ensure that policy options are not based on historic myths and prejudices.
The EPAs and their implementation is the overarching framework of the African Forum’s activities, linked to: sustainable food production and trade; health sector organisation; governance modernisation, natural resource beneficiation and, research and innovation (R&I).
Our goal is to ensure that the EPAs increase equitable engagements between Europe and Africa, which will form the basis for thought leadership among the most relevant policy-makers.
Workshop on trade, production and labour in African agriculture was held on 24 February 2016. The conference provided an opportunity for stakeholders, from both Africa and Europe, to share their local experiences and unpack the most important issues impacting Africa's agricultural sector, including labour, trade and sustainable productivity, so as to seek practical and innovative policy solutions. To view the programme, presentations and event report see the section on Sustainable Food Production and Trade.