Both Asia and Africa will have some 4 billion people each by the end of
this century and are bound to develop greater economic and political relations across the Indian Ocean. Africans have been impressed with the achievement of peace and security across Asia, the successful growth models of East Asian tiger economies and are receptive to the conditions-free economic and technical assistance offered by powers like India and China. Asia cannot ignore the growing presence of Africa in world affairs, the emergence of a potentially massive consumer market in Africa and investment opportunities on the continent. They appear to be re-capturing the spirit of brotherhood of the 1954 Bandung Afro-Asian conference, which championed the cause of freedom in Africa as colonial empires waned after World War II.
This discussion will examine Africa-Asia relations and its prospects for the
Discussion points include
- What is the role of Africa and its 54 countries in the Asia-Pacific Century?
- While there is much talk of the rising economic and political roles of India and China in the emerging multi-polar world centred around the Pacific Ocean, what role will African powers like Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa play?
- What role is there for Africa in ASEAN’s economic and political future?
- H.E Ambassador Geoff Doidge , South African Embassy, Bangkok
- Dr. Sarut Wittayarungruangsri, Bolliger & Company (Thailand) Ltd
- Mrs Rene Oosthuizen, Stenden South Africa
- Dr. Roland Amoussou-Guenou, AsiAfrica Foundation
- Ms. Chiedza Mutsaka Skyum, Stenden Thailand (Moderator)
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