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Monday, 18 February 2013

Mr Geert Laporte On How To Revitalise Africa-EU Relations In The Run-up To The 2014 EU-Africa Summit

  SAIIA Western Cape

Event description:

The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by

Mr Geert Laporte

"How to revitalise Africa-EU relations in the run-up to the 2014 EU-Africa Summit?"

The Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town

on Thursday 21 February 2013

at 5:00 for 5:30 pm

Light refreshments will be served before the event

Please RSVP to or call Pippa on 083 305 2339

Entrance for non-members is R30 or R15 on presentation of a
current student identity card.

Parking is freely available on Hatfield Street.


Event Background

In his presentation Geert Laporte will focus on what could be done to revive the EU-Africa partnership and how the next EU-Africa Summit could make a new start for a different type of strategic partnership between both continents.

Geert Laporte, a Belgian national, is Deputy Director at European Centre for Development Policy Management since 1990. Currently he is responsible for ECDPM’s relations with the EU institutions, EU Presidencies, EU member states, and with the African Union in Addis Ababa, the ACP institutions in Brussels and with a large network of partners of the Centre in different parts of the world.  His thematic areas of specialisation include EU external action and development policy in the context of the EU Lisbon Treaty, the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy with a particular focus on governance, political cooperation and regional integration. Prior to joining ECDPM he has worked in the 1980s for several years as a research fellow and later as an assistant at the Centre for Third World Studies at the University of Ghent in Belgium, where he mainly worked on the management of development aid in Latin America. Geert Laporte holds a Master in Contemporary History and a Master in Development Cooperation with specialisation in Public Administration from the University of Ghent.