Conférence « Les défis de l’Union Africaine : Construire une intégration continentale forte ». Siège des Nations Unies, New York


 9.00am – Opening words:
Mr. Brahim Fassi Fihri, President & Founder of the Amadeus Institute

9.30am-11.00am – Panel 1

Peace and Stability in Africa:
What strategy to better address current threats?

The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) was adopted in 2005 and relies on several institutions. The existing set of political and military responses to an African crisis proved their efficiency, still recently, in case of internal political turmoil (track record 2017-18: Togo, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Zimbabwe). However, destabilisation of Mali by militants coming from the Libyan territory but also the regional war against the Shebabs in Somalia proved this framework inefficient when fighting against armed groups with crossborder that are not institutionalised political actors. Considering these threats, cooperation and solidarity between African countries as well as peace and security are an imperative for the continent.

The AU must therefore create the conditions for a durable peace, notably through its different institutions that must reconsider their security governance.

11.15am – 12.45pm – Panel 2

The African Free Continental Trade:
A necessary step for African emergence

In 2018, the international institutional agenda has known the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area in Kigali, which concerns the 54 member States. While the sub-regional integration existing now for decades have not sufficiently boosted trade between African State members, the ACFTA can be considered as a real opportunity for the regional integration in Africa and as a necessary step for the continent towards emergence. Although a sufficient number of States ratified the ACFTA, there are still some political reticence that the African Union have to address.

The AU has also to think about the institutional reforms that could enable the ACFTA to fully play its role.


Opening words

Mr. Brahim Fassi Fihri

President & Founder of Amadeus Institute

President of the Amadeus Institute, he founded and leads this Moroccan think tank, one of the first in Morocco with a permanent structure. He initiated the MEDays Forum held annually in Tangier since 2008.

Dr. Abderrahmane Chabib

Chairman, World Council for Youth and Diplomacy
President and founder of the World Council for Youth and Diplomacy, A New York based independent NGO and non partisan membership organization fully committed to inform, inspire, and mobilize the World’s Civil Society to support the principles and activities of the United Nations.

Panel 1 –  Peace and Stability in Africa:
What strategy to better address current threats?


Mr. Anas El Gomati

President & Founder of Sadeq Institute

President and founder of the Tripoli-based Sadeq Institute, the first Libyan think tank. He was a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on socioeconomics, democratic governance, the security sector, and political Islam in Libya.


H.E.Mr. Taye Atskeselassie Amde

Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations

Served as Ambassador to Egypt from January 2017 to July 2018, having previously occupied two senior posts in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, State Minister for Political Affairs and Director General for American Affairs. He was his country’s Consul-General in Los Angeles, Minister Counsellor in its Embassy in Washington D.C. and Counsellor in the Embassy in Stockholm.

H.E.Mr. Tijjani Mohammad Bande
Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations

Served as Vice Chancellor of Usman DanFodio University, Sokoto between 2004 and 2009. He held a position similar to the one at NIPSS for five years heading a pan-African institution that trains top-level public servants, Centre African de Formation et de Recherche Administrative pour le Development (CAFRAD), translated as the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development.

 Mr. Christopher Leins

Senior Security Advisor to the US Special Envoy for Sudan and South SudanRetired from the US Army in 2014 with the rank of Major General after thirty-five years of service. During his last four years in the military, he served as director for politico-military affairs (Africa) on the Joint Staff. He responded to crises throughout Africa, including post-Arab Spring Tunisia and Libya, ongoing challenges in South Sudan and Somalia.

Ms. Bronwyn Bruton
Deputy Director of the Africa Center, Atlantic Council

She is a recognized authority on the conflict in Somalia. She managed the National Endowment for Democracy’s multi-million dollar portfolio of small grants to local and international nongovernmental organizations operating in East and Southern Africa, and managed post-conflict political transition programs in Africa for the US Agency for International Development

Panel 2 – The African Free Continental Trade:
A necessary step for African emergence


ModeratorMr. Zakaria Fahim,
President of Hub Africa

President of Hub Africa, a plateform dedicated to investors and entrepreneurs in Africa. He is also President of BDO Sarl Cabinet, the 5th biggest global network. He is a former member of board of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises.


Ms. Joy Kategekwa
Head of 
UNCTAD regional office for Africa

She has 15 years’ experience in trade negotiations, policy advisory and capacity building.  Before UNCTAD, she was an official at the WTO Secretariat, responsible for the WTO African Group and played a key role in strengthening African participation in the Doha Development Agenda of negotiations.

Mr. Abdou Diop
Managing Partner at Mazars

Former President of the Africa and South-South Cooperation Committee of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises.  Senegalese, he has been living in Morocco for 25 years. He is the managing partner of the Mazars audit and expertise firm in Morocco.

 Mr. Witney Schneidman

Senior international advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling

Drawing on his experience in the State Department, the World Bank, think tanks and his own consulting practice, Dr. Schneidman, a non-lawyer, has advised energy, technology, consumer and health companies, among others, on projects in more than 30 African countries. He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs, and on the Africa advisory committees in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and at the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Mr. Joseph Adelegan
Founder and Executive Chairman at Global Network for Environment and Economic Development Research

He has 27 years of professional experience with the public sector, private sector, civil society, education, research and innovation on economic and social infrastructure – transport, energy, telecommunications, industry, water and sanitation, health, development among others. His consulting assignments span the European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, DFID, ECOWAS, United Nations and Australian Aid among others.

Mr. Mohamed H’Midouche
CEO of Inter Africa Capital Group

President of Inter Africa Capital Group, and Executive Vice President of the African Diplomatic Academy, he has been the Regional Representative of the African Development Bank for the West Africa Region.

Information de l'événement :

  • 1 mars 2019