13-11-2018 - Brussels (BE)

Economic & Social Commission: euro-african cooperation

Economic prospects for euro-african cooperation and its fallbacks concerning development and international migration flows

Venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d'Egmont 11, Brussels

10am - 5pm


The questions proposed for discussion are as follows:


  • - Problems caused by Africa's very rapid (current and projected) population growth, resulting in a slow rise in per capita standards of living despite economic growth rates that are now generally quite high.
  • - Current situation of Euro-African cooperation: development aid; role of bilateral and multilateral aid (EDF, EIB); possibility of a recasting of this cooperation; direct investment and other private flows; problems and prospects for an increase in financial flows going south; the role of public incentives for private investment.
  • - Advantages and disadvantages in terms of development of the Chinese breakthrough in Africa. Can the continent become a major step in the "New Silk Road" (OBOR project)?
  • - How to achieve stronger and more general economic growth in the African continent in the future? Can political (civil discord), economic (weak infrastructure and training) and other obstacles be removed?
  • - Problems posed by uncontrolled migratory flows south-north, to the host countries but also to the countries of departure ("brain drain"). How to facilitate the reinvestment in Africa of elites trained in the north?

The speakers participating in this debate will be:


  • - Jean-Michel SEVERINO, former Vice President of the World Bank, President of Investors and Partners.
  • - Dr. Günter NOOKE, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for development issues, particularly in Africa.
  • - Ahmedou OULD-ABDALLAH, former Minister of Commerce and Foreign Affairs of Mauritania, former United Nations Special Representative for West Africa.
  • - Gaël GIRAUD, "Chief Economist" of the French Development Agency.
  • - Prof. Francis GHILES, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies and Documentation in Barcelona.

Interventions are planned in the morning. Each should last about 20 minutes and will be followed by a brief debate.
After an on-site lunch[1], the afternoon will be devoted to discussing a draft ELEC resolution.

If you can attend this meeting, thank you for registering with:
- the general secretariat of the League in Brussels, by mail: info@elec-lece.eu
- or the secretariat of the Economic and Social Commission of the League in Paris, by email: lece.france@gmail.com or by phone: +33 1 45 65 98 76.



[1] Lunch will be presented as a light buffet for those who wish. There are also dining options in the neighborhood (duration of the lunch break 1h00)

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