Der Krieg in der Ukraine und Covid-19 Panel
31 August 2022, 11:00 - 12:30hrs, Berlin
The war in Ukraine and Covid-19: What does it mean for Africa?
Africa's possible trajectory, opportunities and challenges

Some African countries are hesitant to take sides in the war in Ukraine, although many will suffer the consequences. The war has caused prices for food, especially wheat, and fertilizer, to increase rapidly. Oil and gas prices have also increased sharply whilst efforts to combat inflation in many countries serve as a damper on growth. Aid organizations are warning of impending famine. This comes at a time when the impacts of the Corona pandemic have not yet been overcome. What does this mean for Africa’s growth and development prospects? How will the Corona crisis affect the future of Africa? Do African countries still offer opportunities as strategic partners for German companies in their efforts to diversify their supply chains?

These and other questions were at the core of the dicussion to which the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) and the German Africa Foundation (DAS) cordially invited you. Furthemore, Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Chairperson and Head of „African Futures & Innovation”, ISS, South Africa presented insights from his team’s research and introduced the comprehensive new data and knowledge platform „African Futures” on possible development paths of all 54 African states.





Welcome Remarks:

Wolfgang Niedermark, Member of the Executive Board, BDI



Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, Chairperson and Head of „African Futures & Innovation“, ISS, South Africa



Heike Bergmann, Senior Vice President Sales Africa, Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG

H.E. Gina Ama Blay, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Germany

Hanns Bühler, Resident Representative, HSS, South Africa

Stefan Rouenhoff, MdB (CDU), Chair of the Africa working group of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag



Sabine Odhiambo, Secretary General, DAS

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