On 6, 7 and 8 July, the Africa-Spain Cooperation Summit will be held in Madrid, bringing together prominent personalities to deepen relations between the two sides.
Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilisations; Alain Claude Bilie By Nze, Prime Minister of Gabon; Patrick Achi, Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast; José Manuel Albares, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs; Héctor José Gómez Hernández, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism; and María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Women for Africa Foundation, are some of the participants in this meeting.
The event is organised by One Africa Forums, a platform for conferences and dialogues dedicated to the development of this continent. Founded in 2004, it has so far organised sectoral events dedicated to strategic sectors such as banking, digitalisation, infrastructures, agriculture, health, posts and capital markets. More than 100,000 business and institutional leaders have attended these events, either in person or virtually.
This new event, Africa Spain Cooperation Summit, will count with the participation of Atalayar as media partner, and will be the first to be held in Spain and the second in Europe. The venue will be the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel.
As the summit organisers point out, "at a time when other powers are disengaging from Africa, Spain has approved an ambitious strategic framework for its foreign and Africa policy. Focus Africa 2023 is Spain's foreign action plan, based on five strategic objectives: peace and security, sustainable development, private investment, social services and gender equality".
The various conferences and round tables planned over the three days will address issues of mutual interest, such as cooperation between Spain and Africa; infrastructure projects; food security and its challenges; how Africa can contribute to Spain's energy sovereignty; the European Global Gateway programme and its relationship with the African continent; the African Free Trade Area; renewable energies; financial inclusion and digitisation; and the role of women entrepreneurs.
In parallel to these round tables, the forum will have a space for sponsors and partners, in which Atalayar will be present as a media partner.
As an appetizer to the forum on 6, 7 and 8 July, a webinar will take place on 8 June, organised by One Africa Forums and entitled: "Spain: why Africa today?" This virtual conference will address issues such as the possibilities of the Spanish government's Focus Africa 2023 initiative and how to overcome the reluctance of Spanish business leaders to invest in Africa.
If you would like to attend this webinar, you can register here.