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Makerere to reap enormous benefits from second Geopolitics Conference – Dr.Kiggundu

A panel discussion at the Kampala Geopolitics conference last year. Makerere University has been tipped to host the second edition. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – Makerere University has confirmed that it will be hosting the second Geopolitics conference between  October 17 -18 this year.

In an interview with PML Daily, Dr. Mohammad Kiggundu who heads the University’s public relations operations has revealed that the academic institution is set to harvest tangible fruits from the geopolitics conference which has now become an annual event.

“Being a research institution, Makerere will identify critical areas that affect global citizenship and deploy outreach teams whose findings will help give policy guides to different Institutions and Governments,” he told PML daily.

He also added:  “Knowledge generation is key for Makerere. This will be an opportunity to generate knowledge. Makerere will open doors for the guests to tour Uganda and many others.”

According to the University’s communications boss, the upcoming edition of the geopolitics conference “shall focus on issues that affect the Global political, and the climatic environment as well as peacebuilding by identifying the roles and the strength of the identified players,” he added.

The first edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference which was held between October 26 and 27, 2018, focused on providing a platform for dialogue to discuss issues affecting the geopolitical landscape.

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe revealed that the conference will strengthen the relationship between France and the Ivory tower.

He also added that the first edition of the conference was a success and he was optimistic that this year’s edition will surpass the heights of the previous one.

“Makerere University is privileged to host the second edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference and reflecting on the success of the first edition, I believe that this edition will also be a success,” he said.

The Kampala Geopolitics Conference brings on board professors, researchers, politicians, journalists, activists and key leaders who engage in an interactive debate that seeks to find solutions to the challenges affecting the global political and international relations.

The previous edition came along with an essay writing competition where the best writers were awarded a certificate, tuition fees and a trip to France.

The Kampala Geopolitics is organized by the Embassy of France in Uganda in partnership with Makerere University, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda and South Sudan, the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), Alliance Francaise de Kampala and UN Women Uganda.

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