The voice of the African future in Brussels

Mazungumzo asbl | Rue van Campenhout 22, BE-1000 Brussels

+32 2 735 82 30 | secretariat.mazungumzo@eppa.com

THE VOICE OF THE AFRICAN

FUTURE IN BRUSSELS

"Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested."

African Proverb

OUR MISSION

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.

 

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.

OUR MISSION

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.

Our goal is to ensure that the EPAs (Economic Partnership Agreements) and the future CFTA (Continental Free Trade Agreement) increase equitable engagements between Europe and Africa, which will form the basis for thought leadership among the most relevant policy-makers.

As historic and geographic natural allies, Africa and Europe need to forge an equal and mutually beneficial alliance, by recognizing and using their complementary assets, to create a world with greater solidarity, justice and sustainable prosperity for all.

A change in mindset among Europeans is required in order to identify and overcome the many obstacles to realising prosperity, sustainable economic development and good governance across Africa. Focus should be on making EU-Africa relations a ‘win-winthat allows both sides to achieve long-term growth and meet the challenges of technological innovation. Therefore, stimulating intra-African commerce and building a genuine continental free trade area (CFTA) should be top priorities for engagement in the years ahead.

The implementation of existing EPAs and the future CFTA are linked to transversal issues which can be considered among the most important present themes of engagement between Europe and Africa, and where the potential positive impact of the EPAs and CFTA can be significant.

The work of Mazungumzo led its initiator and executive director, Stefan Schepers, to design the concept of an African-European Center for Investment and Trade. This centre was established in 2017 in Johannesburg. Its focus is on research, think tank work and capacity development for the implementation of the SADC EPA and for the realisation of the CFTA.