The Covid-19 Pandemic with its triple hit on health, education and income is a threat to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The implications of the pandemic once again made it obvious that we need to join forces if we do not want to leave anyone behind. In this context, the private sector is an indispensable actor that can and should contribute to achieving the common Vision 2030.
Private sector, and especially MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), does not only contribute to the economic development, creates jobs and drives innovation. It can also serve as an example and set standards when it comes to gender equality, social inclusion, combatting climate change and achieving other development goals. Private sector is in the position to even set higher standards than outlined by the legal framework and push for more cooperation and collaboration worldwide.
A strong private sector can advocate for more intergovernmental cooperation and serve as a driving force for regional and international networks that include different stakeholders. This is why we want to discuss the geopolitical role of the private sector with creative and innovative entrepreneurs from the region but also with experts on international economic relations.
Moderated by Sandrah Twinoburyo - News Anchor on NTV, Initiator of the initiative “Unemployment Ends with Me”Click to join meeting
River Nile, the world's longest river flowing 6,700 kilometers through ten countries is a natural resource of fundamental geopolitical concerns. Contested by 10 countries with influence from other foreign actors for centuries, current struggles between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project is a classic illustration. What lies behind the sensitive geopolitical context of the water of the Nile? What do these struggles mean for the stability and securitization of the Nile Water Basin? What’s the place for dialogue in finding sustainable solutions to the geopolitical conundrums of the Nile Water Basin? What possibilities exist for turning River Nile into a resource for broader cooperation and integration?
Moderatred by Fredric Musisi - JournalistClick to join meeting
Africa is Europe’s closest neighbor. The European Union is Africa’s first partner in trade, in foreign investment and in development. Africa and Europe are two plural continents, sharing a complex history and hoping for a promising future. Our shared history is often not easy to talk about without causing tensed debates. The crimes of European colonization are indisputable and are part of this common history. Europe maintains an unwavering historical bond with Africa, steeped in suffering but also fraternity and mutual aid.
Is it really possible to envision and invent, in full awareness of this history, a future between our two continents? This new relationship, articulated around a value, respect, and a principle, partnership at what scale should we rethink it? At the scale of cities, regions, countries, continents? Who will be the main players? Citizens, non-governmental organizations, businesses? Our relationship promises to grow even richer, and within this framework can the European Union and the African Union help to structure the pooling of our best assets, for shared benefits?
Moderated by Canary Mugume - Journalist NBS TVClick to join meeting
The International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) estimates that in 2050, Africa could be home to nearly 85% of French speakers (compared to 12% for Europe). Given the demographic projections, the total number of French speakers in the world would also rise in the meantime from 274 million to 700 million, making French the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin. According to Charles Onyango-Obbo, a Ugandan author and journalist, French will be the 2nd most spoken language in East Africa by 2045. The larger sub-region gathers an impressive number of Francophones, with more than 80 million French speaking inhabitants in DRC. But the term “Francophonie” goes far beyond the language dimension. It reflects different realities, not exclusively linguistic or geographic, but also cultural. The French-speaking world is a fertile political, economic and cultural breeding ground in Africa. Will the Francophonie therefore set the framework for cultural ties, economic relations and geopolitical interests within the entire African continent?