The European Business Council for Africa

Date: 28 & 29 September 2021
Time: 10h00 - 14h30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Online, registration required

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is the leading platform for advancing relations between the continent and China. Peace and security matters will feature on the agenda of the November 2021 meeting. In preparation for the summit, this two-day seminar will consider three questions:
• What are the main factors shaping Africa–China security cooperation?
• What are the security implications for Africa of the Belt and Road Initiative, including in the maritime domain?
• How have Africa and China cooperated on peace operations, counter-terrorism and the African Peace and Security Architecture?

Prominent African and Chinese scholars will reflect on the future of Africa’s security partnership with China. Opportunities and challenges will be identified that can help African states prepare for the upcoming 2021 FOCAC.

28 September

Session 1, 10.00-11.30 (SAST): Challenges and opportunities for Africa–China security cooperation

Chair: Dr Fonteh Akum, Executive Director, ISS

Session 2, 13.00-14.30 (SAST): Future of Africa–China Security Cooperation and the role of the Belt and Road Initiative

Chair: Timothy Walker, Team Leader, Maritime Security, ISS Pretoria

29 September

Session 3, 10.00-11.30 (SAST): Africa–China security cooperation and multilateralism

Chair: Ottilia Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS Pretoria


Please register here.