EU-Africa Relations in the Limelight


The Africa XXI annual conference is going to be held on the 23rd of November in the Universidade Europeia, in Lisbon. This initiative is a joint endeavor of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Madrid office together with its Portuguese partner, Institute for the Promotion of Latin American and the Caribbean (IPDAL).

This significant initiative seeks to convene diplomatic leaders, politicians, members of the private sector, and academics, fostering in-depth discussions on fortifying Europe's relations with African nations. Distinguished speakers hailing from countries such as Senegal, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Guinea-Bissau, and more will take part in the event. Notable figures include Suzi Carla Barbosa, Coordinator of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians of Guinea-Bissau; Afaf Zarkik, Senior Economist at the Policy Center for the New South in Morocco; and Mohammed Tawfik Mouline, Director General of the Royal Institute of Strategic Studies (IRES), among others.

This edition places a spotlight on the abundant opportunities within regional cooperation. The FNF Madrid office and IPDAL emphasize the paramount importance of adopting a mutually beneficial approach, anchored in equitable relationships, for effective knowledge exchange, capacity development, and innovative investments.

In doing so, we intend to influence the agendas of the public and private sectors, arguing that Africa is a continent that must be taken into account to implement any sustainable geopolitical strategy in the 21st century.