KAMPALA —The two day second Kampala Geopolitics conference has on Thursday morning opened at Makerere University, in Kampala.
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.
The two-day high level academic public event has attracted elites and international researchers to discuss current geopolitical questions and trends.
Jules-Amand Aniambossou, the Ambassador of France to Uganda, recently said the Conference provides a platform “where we could together address the multiple challenges that affect people worldwide.”
The French Ambassador said while the elites are critical in development of countries, they should also debate with people on ground.
Experts from within Uganda and the African continent will on both days be joined by international researchers to engage in participatory and documented debates on global topics.
Mathias Kamp, KAS country representative for Uganda and South Sudan told PML Daily that, as the external actors, their main role is to create a platform for people to share their issues.
“It is an expression of our confidence in Makerere University as a centre of academic and intellectual excellence in Uganda and on the continent which is also reflected in the rankings,” Kamp says.
He added that; “But I think there is a third dimension that shouldn’t be overlooked which is excellence in discourse as well, in debate and discussion and that is what we want to contribute to Makerere with Geopolitics conference”
Mr. Kamp said the conference will largely feature 18 panels with key focus on a variety of topics relating to global challenges, regional trends, the sustainable development goals and culture and society.
Speakers at the conference will include Dr Hellen Nambalirwa from Makerere University, Rosa Malango from United Nations and Ambassador German Ambassador to Uganda Albrecht Conze.
Others are US ambassador Deborah Malac, BBC’s Allan Kasujja, EU Ambassador to Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici, Max Walter from Centre for Development Alternatives, Ramathan Ggoobi, and Charles Onyango Obbo and among others.