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Let’s Talk Africa-Asia Partnerships


DATE: Tuesday 23 May 2017
TIME: 15:30 – 17:30


  • Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, AfDBH.E. Macky Sall, President of SenegalH.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ms. Helen Hai, CEO, Made in Africa Initiative, China


  • Ms. Georja Calvin-Smith, France 24

The relationship between Africa and Asia has changed considerably since 1955, when the first Asia-Africa Summit took place in Bandung, Indonesia. Six decades later, there is no longer a Cold War and therefore no longer a Third World to which Asian and African non-aligned states belong – Indonesia, China, India and South Africa, are now members of the G20. Most importantly, the world has become multi-polar and Asian economies such as China or Japan have become increasingly as important as the US and Europe.
In April 2015, a new Bandung Africa-Asia summit led to the adoption of a Declaration on Reinvigorating the New Asian African Strategic Partnership. This partnership aims to nurture strong relations amidst increasing global challenges; to promote and protect human rights, and strengthen multilateral relationships between the two regions. Trade ties between Asia and Africa have been completely transformed since 1955, led by China's economic ascendancy to become the world's second largest economy. However, most investments flow in one direction – from Asia to Africa, a fact that highlights the nature of the current Asian-African ties.

The President of the AfDB will be joined by Heads of States from the regional member countries at this televised event which will consist in a conversation on topics of mutual interest between the two regions.

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