African Union Challenges Conference: Shaping the African Emergence


2nd Edition of the

African Union Challenges Conference: Shaping the African Emergence

February 21st, 2020,United Nations headquarters, New York



9:00 am – 9:45 am| Keynote Speech

“African Union Challenges: Shaping the African Emergence”

The African Union is relying upon progressive integration, promptly benefiting all the African states and people, in turn triggering the emergence of an economic integration at the continental level under the basis of inclusive development. The enforcement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) in May 2019 has undoubtedly established the pillars of an emerging Africa.

However, given the context of global insecurity in Africa, notably due to terrorism (Sahel), the instability of certain states such as Libya, the resurgence of cross-border crime and the persistence of certain conflicts (DRC, CAR, Mali, Central African Republic), African integration seems to be a complicated feat. Therefore, as part of its medium and long term goals, the African Union intends to successfully achieve the agenda 2063 which consists of:

  • – Creating an African integrated market (ACFTA)
  • – Maintaining peace and stability in areas of conflict
  • – Fighting against terrorism and illegal migration
  • – Creating economic transformation and harmonious development of the states
  • Keynote Speakers:
  • Brahim Fassi-Fihri, President and Founder of the Amadeus Institute
  • Abramo A. Chabib, Executive Director of the Italian Diplomatic Academy
  • H.E.Mr. Tijjani Mohammad Bande, President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly
  • H.E.Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations

Moderator: Mr. Amine Laghidi, International Expert. CEO Africa Lion Group

9.45 am – 10.05 am | Presentation on Amadeus’s Stability Index 2019 

10.05 am – 11.35 am | Panel 1 “UNSC, PSC, G5-Sahel, ECOWAS & SADC: Resolving the African Peace & Security Puzzle”

Over the last decade, Africa’s peace operations capacity has significantly increased. The UN Security Council (UNSC), the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), along with some sub-regional organizations such as G5-Sahel, SADC and ECOWAS (through ECOMOG) have stepped up their efforts in reducing violent conflicts and strengthening regional peace architectures in the continent.

Despite their set of political and military responses to African crisis, peace and security are yet to be achieved. As a matter of fact, terrorism remains a growing threat across Africa with serious implications for peace and security not only in the continent but also globally. For instance, in Somalia, the terrorist group Al-Shabab continues to kill hundreds of people in attacks at home and on neighboring Kenya; in addition to overrunning military bases of AU’s peacekeeping mission; as well as recurrent piracy incidents. The impact of the crisis in Libya is also growing and spreading throughout the region as weapons and fighters continually move across porous borders. These ongoing threats go to show that the aforementioned organizations have a lot of work to do in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts in the continent.

Moderator: Mr. Amine Laghidi, International Expert. CEO Africa Lion Group


Mr. Geoff Porter, President of North Africa Risk Consulting

Mr. Luka Kuol, Professor of Practice for Security Studies, Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS)

H.E.Mr. Mohamed Fathi Ahmed Edrees, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations

H.E.Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations

H.E.Mr. Rocco Antonio Cangelosi, EU Italian Ambassador

Mrs. Chidi Blyden, Security Expert

Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye, Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour la République Centrafricaine

Q&A Session

11.50 am – 12.10 pm | Presentation on Amadeus’s Attractivity Index 2019 

12.10 pm – 13.40 pm | Panel 2 “ACFTA & RECS: Strengthening the Integration & Emergence of the Continent”

African integration is a major goal to be achieved by the African Union. From the creation of the OAU in 1963 until the advent of the AU, Africa has known a continuous and gradual process of economic and social integration. Today, in accordance with the African Union’s agenda 2063, the creation of the ACFTA marks an historical step forward in terms of African integration.

In the short term, this common market would have to increase the volume of intra-African trade from 15 to 25%, carry out large multi-sector and inclusive projects (transport, infrastructure, telecommunications, industrialization, production, etc.) and enable the continent to become the largest free trade and consumer zone in the world. Due to the diversity of African markets, economies and structures, it is crucial to proceed with a gradual and continuous harmonization through the strengthening of the legal, political and institutional mechanisms. In this regard, the role of the RECs remains of paramount importance in supporting this integration process.

Moderator: Dr. Boubker Abi Sourour, Economist and Founder of the Ibn Khaldoun Academy for Arabic


Dr. Joy Kategekwa, Regional Strategic Advisor to Asst. Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mrs. Maggie Gu, President of Tomorrow Foundation

Dr. Ned Gandevani, Professor, Author, Investment Specialist

Mr. Fred Olayele, Chief Economist, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Q&A Session

Information de l'événement :

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