Head of Research participates in Friends of Europe policy discussion on infrastructure in Africa

23 January 2018, Brussels- QG’s Head of Research, Prof. Mthuli Ncube spoke on a Friends of Europe (FoE) panel discussion to tackle Africa’s infrastructure challenges.

Prof. Ncube was joined by Alaa Alessa, Managing director for Endeavor Energy, Hiroyuki Hino, Visiting Professor in the Poverty & Inequality Initiative at the University of Cape Town, Carla Montesi, Director for West and Central Africa at the European Commission and Director General for International Cooperation & Development and Shada Islam, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at FoE as the event moderator.

Development cooperation to help achieve Agenda 2030 and boost development in Africa are two key areas where joint actions would be immensely valuable. In this context, this Policy Insight debate looked at how the EU and Japan can cooperate to boost development, peace and stability in Africa.

Discussions centred on which areas Japan and Europe should focus on to boost Africa’s infrastructure, what Japan and Europe could do together to boost investments in the continent and whether enough attention is being paid to build the social and institutional infrastructure needed to make Africa’s growth resilient and sustainable.