1. Africa/European Union (EU) Relations in the Era of COVID-19
The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) hosted a policy dialogue titled “Africa/European Union (EU) Relations in the Era of COVID-19.” This meeting is part of a three-year IPATC project on Africa/EU Migration (currently funded by the German government), which seeks to support the effective implementation of the 2018 United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. This event was attended by a total of 29 participants
The two sessions of this policy dialogue focused on “The Historical Context of Africa/EU Relations” and “Africa/EU Migration in the Era of COVID”. The meeting provided an additional opportunity for South Africa-based African, EU, UN, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IOM policymakers and experts, as well as the Gauteng-based diplomatic community and civil society, to engage critically on the inevitable consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for both continents.
Session 1: The Historical Context of Africa/EU Relations
Chair: Professor Pragna Rugunanan, Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg.
Speakers: Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, former South African Ambassador to the EU, and Deputy
Director-General of Global Governance and Continental Agenda in South Africa’s Department
of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
Mr. Raul de Luzenberger, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to South Africa.
Mr. Charles Kwenin, Regional Director for Southern Africa at the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Session 2: Africa/EU Migration in an Era of COVID
Chair: Dr Rüdiger Lotz, Deputy Ambassador of Germany to South Africa.
Speakers: Mr. Charles Kwenin, Regional Director for Southern Africa at the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Dr Ayodele Odusola, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa.
Friday 13 November 2020
School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting
Road Campus, 54 Bunting Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg