Kampala Geopolitics Conference

Kampala Geopolitics Conference returns next week

The 5th edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference (KGC) returns next week on November 15-16 at the Makerere University auditorium under the theme “Bringing International Debates to Africa.”

The conference is organised by Makerere University in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), UN Women, and the Embassy of France. It is scheduled to focus on discussing current geopolitical questions and trends – inspired by the flagship event of the “Geopolitics of Nantes” in France.

This year’s conference will host 14 roundtables on a variety of topics relating to global challenges, security, regional trends, sustainable development, sport, culture, and society among others.

The high-level conference will offer an interactive platform for dialogue and free exchange on contemporary, regional, and international debates to move global debates to an African stage. Experts from Uganda and the African continent will be joined by international researchers to engage in participatory and documented debates on global topics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has restructured relations between African states and other external partners necessitating the need for re-prioritization of strategic issues. The Geopolitics panel on global health partnerships will seek to address this.

“The conference will focus on key points like democracy and freedom of speech as one of the biggest issues in France. We are not saying we are the only ones to talk about democracy and freedom of speech, but it’s very important that we debate on those kinds of issues,” said Julie-Armand Aniambossou the French Ambassador to Uganda.

The conference will also feature cultural performances and an exhibition, plus training of journalists on how to report different topics.