Application Call Advocacy Seminar in Berlin: Africa and Europe, a strategic partnership at last?

On June 17 and 18, 2022, you are invited to join 25 other outstanding Europeans, ages 20 to 40, for our Advocacy Seminar in Berlin “Africa and Europe, a strategic partnership at last?” The two-day seminar promises engaging presentations from private and public sector experts, moderated by Professors Andreas Freytag, University of Jena,  and Helmut Asche, University of Mainz. 

The first day of the seminar will take place at ESMT on June 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hildegart Bentele, Member of the European Parliament, will give a keynote on the current climate and illuminate the potential of the Africa-EU Partnership on the heels of the European Union – African Union Summit that took place in February in Brussels. The day will continue with presentations on Africa’s economic and political frameworks, including private sector presentations on energy, agriculture, automobile, and raw materials with speakers from the Federation of German Industries (BDI); German development agency GIZ; the German Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA); and the Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft (AV), the foreign trade association of German businesses with an interest in the African continent. The panel discussion “After the EU-Africa Summit: Contours of a new EU-Africa cooperation?” will round up the first day.
The second day of the seminar will take place at the Oderberger Hotel on June 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The focus will be on EU development aid strategies, German foreign trade and investment promotion, geopolitics, and security. Siemens Energy will lead a session on foreign trade promotion and development. The next session will examine Chinese and Russian engagement on the African continent. The seminar ends with a discussion lab on European approaches to African challenges and opportunities.

We welcome your application to join the seminar! We request a one-page motivation letter (including what you expect of the seminar) and a CV. Please submit the application in English as a single PDF document. Applications are due by May 30, 2022; send to

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