Marta Foresti (Chair)@martaforesti
Director of ODI Europe, ODI
Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Sir Suma Chakrabarti@SumaChakrabarti
Chair of the Board, ODI and former President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
2021 will be an important year for Africa-Europe relations. Covid-19 has dealt a severe blow to the continents, both in human and economic terms, and a strong partnership will be key for recovery. This will need to be a partnership of equals, where states as well as businesses, civil societies and local actors must play a role to strengthen cooperation across borders.
Stronger cooperation will be key ahead of the high-level African-European Union summit that will determine the future relationship between the two continents. Migration remains a highly contentious issue in Africa-Europe relations with the EU member states struggling to find common ground and states in Africa keen to see openings to legal pathways such as visa and access to labour markets.
In collaboration with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, we launch a series of webinars exploring innovative initiatives to strengthen Africa-Europe relations on migration, mobility and beyond. We start by assessing the political landscape, common ground and divisions on migration and mobility, and heading into the AU-EU summit, the opportunities for collaboration and strengthening partnerships in and between the regions.