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The evolving role of India, Japan and the Gulf States in Africa - Impact & implications

Friday, 18 September 2020


Johnathan Berkshire Miller
Senior Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs
Kigen Morumbasi
Lecturer in International Relations and Security, Strathmore University (Nairobi)
Nivedita Ray
Director (Research), Indian Council of World Affairs
Shada Islam
Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre
Will Todman
Associate Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Ivano di Carlo
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

With an enormous potential for growth, Africa is in need of investment in many areas to strengthen good and inclusive governance, overcome obstacles to development and deal with a critical infrastructure gap. The increasingly important engagement of traditional and emerging players in Africa is crucial to support endogenous growth of the continent while boosting international trade. Global actors such as Brazil, India, Japan, and the Gulf countries have been significantly expanding their interests in and cooperation with Africa over the last decades. While their footprint on the continent is smaller than some other global actors such as the EU, US, China and Russia, their growing involvement also plays a key role in the shifting balance of power and influence in Africa.

This on-line policy dialogue will explore the level of economic and political engagement of these countries in Africa, their current and future strategic objectives in the continent and whether their presence will worsen or improve any international and/or regional concerted effort in pushing Africa’s growth and development agenda. 

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