Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDA)
(December 5th - December 11th 2010)
Event ReportThe forum Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders took place from December 5th to the 11th 2010 in Berlin, which included the Rise of Africa Conference: Africa as a Growing International Power Bloc. It brought together a group of speakers consisting of leading representatives of local political and commercial bodies, academia and civil society, as well as forty young leaders.
The forum examined the history and development of cultural diplomacy with a focus on the development of Africa’s relations from cultural, economic and political perspectives. Other issues addressed were the emerging new models for African governance and development; the African Diaspora and its role in the development of Africa; the importance of Cultural Diplomacy and soft power in strengthening relations between African nations and within the nations themselves. As part of the weeklong forum, the participants took part in the Rise of Africa Conference, entitled “Africa as a growing International Power Bloc”. The conference offered insightful discussion and debates from both past and present perspectives, with particular focus on regional cooperation and integration within Africa, the use of international aid and Africa’s changing role in a global context.
Forum SpeakersProf. Dr. Berit Sandberg (Professor of Public Business Administration and Public Management at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft)
Prof. Collette A. Suda (Secretary for Gender and Social Development, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development of Kenya)
Daniel Pelz (Coordinating Editor of the Africa/Middle East Programme, Deutsche Welle)
Eshete Tilahun (Head of the Economic Section of the Embassy of Ethiopia to the Federal Republic of Germany)
Dr. Halima Noor-Abdi (Regional Advisor on Trade, UNECA)
H.E Mohammed Rachad Bouhlal (Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Federal Republic of Germany)
Prince Immanuel Ben Yehuda (African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem)
John Eichler (CEO of Blue Elephant AG - Holding & Consulting)
Dr. Khazriel Ben Yehuda (Director of the Institute of Regenerative Truth)
Laurence Madeline (Curator and Chief of the Department for Culture and Education, Musée d’Orsay)
Mark Donfried (ICD Founder and Director)
Prof. Dr. Michel Cullin (Director of the department for Franco-Austrian relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna)
Dr. Patrick Osakwe (Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the Division for Africa, LDCs and Special Programmes of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD))
Peter Rees (ICD Development Director
Sandile Gregory Gwexe (Representative of the South African Embassy)
Tumenta F. Kennedy (Program Director for the ''Building Global Cooperation-New Alliances with Africa''Program at the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics)
Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel (Dr Martin Luther King Institute for a New Humanity)
Summary of EventsSunday, December 5th 2010: The first day began in the afternoon with introductions from the CDA team and participants. This was followed by a welcome speech by Mark Donfried on cultural diplomacy, its historical development and contemporary application. The participants then went for a welcome dinner and social activity to “En Passant”, a charming Mediterranean / Tunisian restaurant situated in West Berlin.
Monday, December 6th 2010: Day two began with a trip to the Moroccan Embassy, where the First Secretary for Cultural Affairs, Driss Alaoui, discussed Morocco’s cultural influences and attractions and presented an Art Exhibition by a Moroccan Embassy. In the afternoon, the group examined cultural diplomacy and regional integration in the case studies of Ethiopia and then Algeria. The day concluded with a film screening of inspirational stories of African Entrepreneurship.
Tuesday, December 7th 2010: On this day, the forum began with the presentation of participant papers focusing on regional cooperation and a lecture on the role of sport in cultural diplomacy. The afternoon allowed the participants time to explore Berlin with a sightseeing tour of all the cultural and historical sights Berlin has to offer, including the famous Christmas markets.
Wednesday, December 8th 2010: Three days in to the program, first on the agenda was a trip to the German Foreign Office for a talk on the current role of Germany in Africa, followed by a lecture on the question of ‘Aid’; what works, what hasn’t and what is needed to move forward. The afternoon session examined the need to unite and mobilise the African Diaspora, followed by a presentation on the potential of participants’ leadership initiatives. The evening involved a lecture and concert promoting the efforts of “Trees for the Future” entitled: “Music for Moringa Olifeira” and followed by a dinner reception.
Thursday, December 9th 2010 - Saturday, December 11th 2010
Participants attended the conference ‘’Rise of Africa: Africa as a Growing International Power Bloc’’.
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Thursday December 9th 2010 - Saturday, December 11th 2010Participants attended the conference ‘’The Rise of Africa: Africa as a Growing International Power Bloc’’. Please see: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/experienceafrica/index.php?en_roa_congress-reviews_2010-12