Africa’s future depends on a reset of China-West relations

Africa’s future depends on a reset of China-West relations


To develop and reduce poverty, Africa needs China, the EU and the US – not a divided world.


Rising tensions between China and the West are creating global divisions that limit Africa’s development potential. Under the current trajectory, the continent won’t achieve its goals of economic growth, improvements in income and poverty reduction. To withstand these headwinds, Africa’s leaders need to unite in their pursuit of the continent’s interests.

This event explores four global scenarios and their impact on Africa, drawing from the analysis available on this website. Read the full Africa in the World report here.

Moderator: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS Pretoria 


Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures & Innovation, ISS Pretoria

Ambassador Sandra Kramer, Head, European Union Delegation to South Africa

Ouyang Zhibing, Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Pretoria

Heather Merritt, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to South Africa

Development partners

This seminar is funded by Humanity United, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.