"Russia has a plan for Africa. China has a plan for Africa. The USA has a plan for Africa. Europe and much of Asia have a plan for Africa. Does Africa have a plan for Africa?"
- Vusi Thembekwayo
A panel to discuss implications of the CFTA in the global market. Is it Africa’s demonstration of putting Africa first, economically and politically? If so, how does this change engagement with foreign powers like China and the U.S.? Speakers will share perspectives on the 'Africa beyond aid’ narrative that is gaining traction across the continent, in contrast to the oft-criticized, and seemingly imbalanced trade relations with China.
How should African countries advance engagement with foreign trade partners? At full potential, what does a collective African foreign trade strategy look like?