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TrustAfrica Organises Debate on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Creation of an African Area of Production, Trade and Culture
TrustAfrica has successfully organized a dinner-debate on the “African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) and the Creation of an African Area of Production, Trade and Culture”. The event was held on Saturday, 5 October 2019 at the Hotel Terrou-bi as part of the 28th meeting of TrustAfrica’s Board.
The debate was organised primarily to interrogate the advantages and implications of the Free Trade Area agreement established by the African Union and signed in Kigali, Rwanda on 21 March 2018 by 44 Heads of State and Government of the 55 African Union Member States.
The keynote speaker was HE Abdoulie Janneh, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and a member of the TrustAfrica Board. The moderation was anchored by the President of TrustAfrica, Mrs. Coumba Touré. Contributors included Professor Fatou Sow Sarr of IFAN, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International and member of the TrustAfrica Board of Directors. and Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal.
The dinner-debate, which saw the participation of diplomats, academics, activists and members of civil society, provided a platform for participants to discuss and contribute to the conversation on AfCFTA as a vehicle for the promotion of intra-African trade and effective integration of the continent into the global economy.
The evening was also marked by the presence of eminent musicians like Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck who entertained the audience with beautiful presentations.
On behalf ot TrustAfrica, Vote of Thanks and Closing Remarks were made byProfessor Tade Aina, Executive Director of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), and TrustAfrica Board Member  
Last modified on Wednesday, 09 October 2019 15:25

 We, the representatives of the 260 million discriminated people from 24 countries including parliamentarians, academia, human rights organizations across the world gathered together in New York, United States of America from 21st to 23rd September 2019 to participate in the “International Congress on Discrimination based on Work and Descent1, Casteism, Antigypsyism, Traditional and Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Other Analogous Forms of Discrimination”, deem it necessary and urgent to make this declaration.

Last modified on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 18:29

TrustAfrica organise un atelier de restitution relatif à une étude exploratoire sur la prévention et l’élimination de la violence basée sur le genre au Sénégal. Prévu le jeudi 10 octobre 2019 à Dakar, au Sénégal, cet atelier se tient dans le cadre d'un projet de deux ans dont l’objectif est de s’attaquer à la violence basée sur le genre en tant qu’obstacle persistant, parmi d’autres, à l’autonomisation des femmes francophones en Afrique de l’Ouest, notamment dans trois pays prioritaires : le Sénégal, le Burkina Faso et le Mali. 

Last modified on Monday, 07 October 2019 13:07

Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director TrustAfrica/ Interview with University World News

Both the “climax” of globalisation – marked by the rise of Trumpism*, Brexit and narrow nationalisms – and the deepening of globalisation dominated by a neoliberal agenda pose threats to the internationalisation of higher education. However, the African continent and its institutions can still make strategic choices around internationalisation, avoid being locked up in “new forms of dependency”, and contribute towards bridging knowledge divides.

This was the view of Professor Ebrima Sall, former executive secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and currently executive director of Trust Africa based in Senegal.

Speaking at the second HEFAALA symposium held in Addis Ababa last month on the topic “The climax of globalisation: The endurance of internationalisation”, Sall said the kind of internationalisation promoted by African universities should contribute to the building of a “much more open, inclusive and equitable global higher education space in which the South will not just be at the receiving end, but also an effective, legitimate and recognised contributor”.

“Internationalisation in higher education should also be subjected to critical analysis given the knowledge divides (World Social Science Report 2010) and the inequalities and power dynamics that exist within the world of higher education itself. As we have seen, internationalisation has not always been, and will not always be ‘intentional’.
However, because internationalisation is, in some respects, a site of struggle, Africa as a region, and individual African institutions and countries can make strategic choices in so far as internationalisation is concerned,” he argued.

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 October 2019 15:41

Patrick Barigbalo Naagbanton, a dear friend to the Trust and an avid human rights crusader, died on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The news of his death was received with great shock and sadness by all. Patrick Naagbanton was nominated and served in the inaugural class of the Trust’s Advisory Council from 2017 – 2019, where his contributions on strategy and advancement for sustainable development in Ogoniland has helped put forward the Trust’s work locally and nationally. His wealth of experience in the development sector spanning over a period of two decades was key in his appointment as a member of the Advisory Council. Patrick was instrumental in helping the relatives of Ken Saro-Wiwa bring a case against Shell in a US court, for their role in his death and nine other activities from Ogoniland. The Shell vs. Wiwa case resulted in a $15.5 million settlement to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and the creation of the Kiisi Trust Fund with an initial $5 million endowment for the benefit of the Ogoni peoples.

Last modified on Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:50

TrustAfrica (TA) and the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) are pleased to announce a three-day convening on Challenging Orthodoxies in Economic Thinking in Africa: Exploring Alternatives. The convening, which is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 2 to 4 September 2019.  

The African continent has a wealth of resourceful and creative young people, an abundance of natural resources, a potentially large common market, the possibility of expanding domestic industries and a large crop of untapped human potential. Yet the continent still contains 39 of the countries with the highest poverty rates and, as a continent, has the lowest levels of human development. While this situation cannot be separated from centuries of exploitation, it is also the consequence of the path taken (imposed or chosen) by most post-independence regimes. Especially important has been the hasty imposition of structural adjustment programmes, Washington Consensus and Post-Washington Consensus policies, and other more recent forms of neoliberal “reforms” which have been implemented and justified by conventional economic approaches, termed “economic orthodoxies”. This situation has naturally led to the labelling of several African countries as Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) by the neo-liberal establishment. However, the African continent has the opportunity to transform itself in a manner that raises living standards and levels of well-being and also to advance the rights and dignity of all people, in peace, unity and freedom.

Last modified on Friday, 20 September 2019 15:08
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