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“Africa: 54 Countries, One Union” – Beijing, Oct. 24-25, 2013

Speeches [1]


Beijing, October 24-25, 2013


 Institute of West-Asian and African Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University

The Wilson Center

Foundation for World Wide Cooperation

Thursday, October 24, 2013

4 pm – 6 pm: Opening Ceremony

Beijing International Hotel Convention Center

9号 Jianguomen Inner Street, Dongcheng, Beijing

4.15 – 5.50 pm Opening Remarks

Chairperson: Yang Guang, Director-General, Institue of West Asian and African Studies (IWAAS)


Zhao Shengxuan, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Romano Prodi [2], Chairman of the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation and Special Envoy of the UN SG for the Sahel

Zhou Pingjian, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China

Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission

José Costa Pereira, Head of the Pan-African Division of European External Action Service (EEAS)

Cao Jiachang, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Commerce of China

Alberto Bradanini, Italian Ambassador to China and Mongolia

Liu Guijin, Former Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China

Maria Rendon-Labadan, USAID Counsellor, Beijing

Steve McDonald, Africa Program Director, The Wilson Center

Winrich Kühne, SAIS Europe, Johns Hopkins University

Fatima Harrak, President of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

Friday, October 25, 2013

9 am – 6 pm: Working Sessions

IWAAS Headquarters – Beijing

No.3 Zhang Zizhong Lu, Beijing

Every session has been  followed by a discussion

9.00 – 10.00 am Session 1: Overview

Chairperson: Yang Guang, Director-General, IWAAS

Keynote Speaker: Romano Prodi [3], Chairman of the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation and Special Envoy of the UN SG for the Sahel


Joseph Atta-Mensah, Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Programme Management, UNECA

José Costa Pereira, Head of the Pan-African Division of EEAS

He Wenping, Snr. Research Fellow, IWAAS: Anti-Terrorism, External Intervention and African Security

David Shinn, former US Ambassador, Professor – George Washington University

10.15 – 11.15 am Session 2: Peace and Security in Africa

Chairperson: Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union


Dr. Njunga Mulikita, Copperbelt University of Zambia: SADC’s Conribution to African Union Peace and Security Architecture – Issue and Challenges

Li Xinfeng, Snr. Research Fellow, IWAAS: Promoting Peace and Development of North Sudan and South Sudan through China-US Cooperation

Charles Onunaiju, International Department Director of People’s Daily of Nigeria: Consolidation of China-African Cooperation and Its Contribution to Peace and Security in Africa

Mohamed Salih, Deputy Rector of the International Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands

Li Zhibiao, Snr. Research Fellow, IWAAS: African Integration Facing the Double Challenges of Internal Split and External Division

Isaac Olawale Albert, Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program of Ibadan University, Nigeria: China and the Mantra of “African Solution to African Problems”

11.15 – 12.30 pm Session 3: Infrastructure and Integration in Africa (Part 1)

Chairperson: Amadou Niang, Director, MDG Center, West and Central Africa


Yu Zhende, Deputy General Manager of the International Department, China State Construction Engineering Corporation: The Role of Infrastructure Inter-Connection in the African Integration Process

Maud Arnould, Advisor on Pan-African Issues to the EU Commissioner

Adama Deen, Head of Transport Program, NEPAD

Wang Chengan, Vice President of the Chinese Association for African Studies: Helping African Economic and Social Development by Supporting African Infrastructure Construction

Khalid Ali El Amin, Associate Professor, Khartoum University: Transport Infrastructure and Development – Implications for Integration and Security in Africa

Ding Zhengguo, Assistant General Manager, Sinohydro Group Ltd.: Intensifying Construction of Transnational and Cross-Regional Infrastructure and Promoting Development of Shared Benefits

Leben Nelson Moro, Director of International Relations Department, Juba University: Connecting Landlocked South Sudan to International Markets – Opportunities and Challenges

Mohamed Saliha Maiga, Director, INFET, Bamako

2.00 – 3.15 pm Session 3: Infrastructure and Integration in Africa (Part 2)

Chairperson: Zhang Yongpeng, Snr. Research Fellow, IWAAS


Liu Hongwu, Professor of Zhejiang Normal University: Experiences and Lessons of Chinese Infrastructure Construction Over the Past 30 Years and the Inspiration for China-Africa Cooperation

Joseph Onjala, Snr. Research Fellow, Nairobi University: Transport Infrastructure Integration in Eastern Africa –Security Implications for the Indian Ocean Rim

Yao Guimei, Snr. Research Fellow, IWAAS: China’s Participating Strategy for the Construction of Transnational Infrastructures in Africa

Lucy Jane Corkin, Strategic Analyst, Rand Merchant Bank: Reconstructing Africa’s Regional Infrastructure: Challenges to Localization

Huang Jianhui, Vice President of the Research Institute of the State Development Bank: Ideas on the State Development Bank’s Support to the Construction of Transnational and Cross-Regional Infrastructures in Africa

Songoyi Manandi, Lecturer and Dean of Dodoma University, Tanzania: The Amazing Power of Language as an Infrastructural Element of Integration – The Case of Kiswahili Language in the East African Regional Integration

Xu Weizhong, Snr. Research Fellow, China Institute for Contemporary International Relations Studies: Chinese Participation in the Transnational and Cross-Regional Infrastructure Projects in Africa – Opportunities and Challenges

3.30 – 4.45 pm Session 4: New Technology for Development

Chairperson: Zhang Zhongxiang, Professor of the Shanghai Normal University


Hamidou Boly, Coordinator of TEAM Africa

Liang Yijian, Associate Professor, Yunnan University: Analysis on the Roadmap of Promoting China-Africa Development Cooperation in the Field of New Energies

Andrea Cuomo, Executive Vice President, STMicroelectronics

Ya’u Yunusa Zakari, Executive Director of the Center for Information Technology and Development, Nigeria: New Technologies and the Possibility of the African Decade for Development

Guo Ziqi, Vice President, StarTimes Group: The Role of Digital TV for African Development

Moi Hakim Dario Nyangamoi Lookolong, Honorary Director of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan: Financial Services Inclusion for the Un-Banked Republic of South Sudan

Antoine Some, Director, Sahel Institute

4.45 – 6.00 pm Concluding Round Table

Chairperson: Romano Prodi, Chairman of the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation and Special Envoy of the UN SG for the Sahel

Download the Program [1]

Download the document distributed to the participants:
Em-Powering Africa [4]
The importance to face energy poverty
written by Filippo Clo and Chiara Proietti
as a contribution to the definition of innovative energy policies in Africa.

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