THE NEW PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRICA

MALUKU Mwana
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THE NEW PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRICA

n°51 Second Quarter 2014

Since 1990, at the beginning of each Spring — for us, at the end of the rainy season — young women have been swopping their feminine attire for an airman’s flying suit, a pair of...

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Ashton Catherine
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AFRICA IS EUROPE’S NATURAL PARTNER

Interview with Luc Rosenzweig Luc Rosenzweig — In geopolitical terms, Africa is the southern flank of Europe, the closest and most important geopolitical platform to the European continent. In your opinion, is this a strength or a challenge? Catherine Ashton — Through its geographical location, Africa is our neighbour and therefore a natural partner of Europe. But the very strong links connecting our two continents are far more than geographical: our exchanges are cultural, economic and migratory, to mention only a few. Both Europe and Africa undeniably benefit from the...

Kerry John
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COMMITMENT TO AFRICA

I was in Addis Ababa last spring to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the African Union and it was an appropriate time to take note of the meaning behind the AU’s significant emblem, the red rings that remind us all of the blood that was shed for an Africa that is free, and the palm leaves that remind us of the fact that the blood was not just shed for freedom, but it was shed for peace. And then the gold that symbolizes the promise of natural resources and economic potential. Today it’s important to understand how we will fulfill the promise of still another symbol of the African...

González Arancha
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AFRICA IS THE EPICENTRE OF OUR ACTIVITIES

African Geopolitics — How can you describe the role and mission of the ITC in the concert of global multilateral organizations? What is its institutional status? Arancha González — ITC is a sister organization of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and we work closely with them on a wide range of issues related to trade and development. I often like our cooperation to building a house. The global trading system needs architects - the WTO. It needs engineers, the UNCTAD. But it also needs the...

Strauss Michael J.
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THE US-AFRICA LEADERS SUMMIT: STAKES AND CHALLENGES

Several years ago, the veteran Kenyan diplomat Daniel Don Nanjira wrote that Africa has been the most peripheral and neglected of all continents, while also being the most fragmented with more than 50 sovereign nations. These observations help explain why Africa has found it challenging to become a cohesive, influential force in world affairs.  

Pambou  Lucien
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AGOA: CURRENT STATUS AND PROSPECTS

Launched in 2000 by President Bill Clinton, adopted the same year by the American Congress, the law known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) aims to support trade and the economy of forty sub-Saharan African countries by facilitating their access to the American market if they comply with the principles of the market economy, good governance and respect for human rights. For the Americans, AGOA satisfies the mutual interests of the United States and the sub-Saharan countries in the current context of globalisation. The African countries can export a wide range of natural and...

Ossebi Languy
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THE EUROPE-AFRICA PARTNERSHIP IN THE ERA OF THE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS (EPA)

Since 2000, the European Union (EU) has been negotiating with the ACP countries (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) to create Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) designed to replace the old Lomé and Cotonou Agreements. This new system of reciprocal and non-discriminatory trade preferences, in compliance with WTO principles and criteria, was initially scheduled to come into force in 2008. Six years have passed and a number of problems have surfaced, particularly with the countries of southern and eastern Africa. But the process has begun. The first EPA concluded within the scheduled time...

Yao Clément
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UNITED STATES AND AFRICA: THE EXPECTATIONS OF AFRICA’S YOUTH

When some forty African leaders meet in Washington with Barack Obama next August to strengthen their ties of friendship, Africa’s youth are fervently hoping that their concerns will be on the agenda for discussion. It is safe to say that, in addition to the main subjects to be discussed at the Washington Summit, namely trade exchanges with the continent through AGOA, the fight against terrorism, democracy and good governance, the theme of youth will certainly feature. In fact, Barack Obama himself regards this topic as a key issue. When he came to the White House in 2008, he launched...

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SINO-AFRICAN RELATIONS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: A STORY IN THE MAKING

The People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations with Egypt, its first African partner, in 1956, but China’s presence had long been overshadowed by the divide between the Capitalist camp headed by the US and the Socialist block headed by the Soviet Union when the Cold War was the theme of time for almost half a century after WWII, the structure of which shaped the overall external environment for Africa’s strive for independence and economic development. Against this backdrop, the relationship between China and African countries until Chair Mao’s demise...

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SECURITY: A MIXED PICTURE OF COOPERATION BETWEEN AFRICA AND EUROPE

Through the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the European Union is playing a not inconsiderable role in peacekeeping operations, conflict prevention and strengthening of international security throughout the world. Over the last ten years, it has carried out in this sector some fifteen missions or operations on the African continent, including nine which are still operational…with mixed results. It was in 2003, after its intervention in the Balkans (in Bosnia-Herzegovina and subsequently in Macedonia), that the European Union expanded its field of activity to Africa with the...

Fontanive  Jean-Claude
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NEW INVESTMENT STRATEGIES FOR AFRICA

We live in a period which can be thought of as hyper-historic. That is to say, there are simply a prolific number of events and processes happening over a short period of time that are significant enough to change the character of the world in fundamental ways. The economic growth and development of Africa is one such phenomenon: the African economies have been growing very strongly prior and since the beginning of this decade, making Africa one of the fastest growing regions in the world. Its GDP growth, approaching double digits, is a testimony to the ascendency of the continent to the...