On Tuesday, 7 May 2013, ICPE hosted the 2nd Africa Day: Europe for Africa and Africa for World (14th Forum on Europe), which was co-organized by CeGD , Club of Former Ambassadors, African Forum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Republic of Slovenia, where the second day of the event will be hosted.
H.E. Mr Karl Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia
THe event was held under the honorable patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, who unfortunately could not deliver his opening address, due some unforeseen obligations.
After the welcome addresses by the hosts, ADG Mr Janez Podobnik, Director Mr Blaž Golob, Director Mr Ibrahim Nouhoum and Ambassador Peter Toš, the keynote addresses were delivered by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Slovenia, HE Mr Karl Erjavec, HE Mr Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the AU to the EU and Mr Jeremy Lester, Special Adviser of EU Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service.
Before the beginning of the 1.session, titled "50 years of African integration and Africa-EU relations" Ms Bojana Rogelj Škafar, Director of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum introduced the »Slovenian researchers in Africa’’ exhibition, which was, together with the School Museum exhibition, presented at the ICPE building.
The first session was chaired by H.E. Mrs Heba Sidhom, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Slovenia, with eminent panelists, such as , HE Mr Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, Mr Jeremy Lester, H.E. Mr Xolisa Mfundiso Mabhongo, Ambassador, Republic of South Africa, H.E. Ms Maria de Jesus Veiga Miranda Mascarenhas, Ambassador, Republic of Cape Verde and Mr Marjan Cencen, PhD, Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.
After the reception two panels followed, namely: "Africa’s contribution for World", which was chaired by Mr Blaž Golob along with the following presentations by : s Elisabeth Rasekoala, PhD, Director of African Caribbean Network for Science and Technology, with the presentation on Africa’s Contribution to Global Development: Knowledge Transfer, Innovation, Globalisation and Sustainable Development, Ms Marija Barishin, PhD, Forum on Europe on Social Entrepreneurship in Africa – New Innovative Business Models, Mr Miroslav Polzer, President IAAI & Mr Jean Paul Brice Affana, President African Youth Network (via Skype) on Youth and Innovation for Repositioning of Africa in the World and Mr Tihomir Divjak, Euro World Network with the presentation on Connecting Africa – Communication Tools for Sustainable Development;
(From left) Mr Ibrahim Nouhoum, Director of African Forum, Mr Peter Bossman, Mayor of Piran, Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General
And the last panel of day "Just World & Prosperity for Africa was chaired by Mr Janez Podobnik, who also presented the cooperation between ICPE and Africa, along with the following panelists:
Mr Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation, European Commission
Designing Civil registration and Migration System in Africa
Ms Alenka Prvinsek Persoglio, Interact 4C, International Association Connecting Technologies for Citizens
Sharing Knowledge for the Future of Africa
Mr Janez Podobnik, ICPE Acting Director General & Mr Tomaž Rogelj, ICPE Executive Manager
Strengthening Institutions with ICT enabling a Just World – The Demopolis Case
Mr Robert Torok Muller prof. Ludwigsburg & Mr. Alexander Prosser prof. WU
Africa in the Slovene Popular Imagination, Past and Present
Ms Eleanor Ryan-Saha, Durham University.
The forum concluded with » Draft Conclusions« read by Mr Blaž Golob.
More concrete report will follow after 20 May 2013, when the conclusions of the conference will be finalized.