Makerere University to Host Second Geopolitics Conference

L-R: Dr. Maxime Houinato- UN Women Uganda, France Ambassador to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou, Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu- Makerere University, Mathias Kamp of Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung at a press conference held at Makerere University on 2nd October 2019
By :
AT Team

Makerere University will for the second time host the second Kampala Geopolitics Conference.

The two-day high level academic public event that is scheduled for 17th and 18th October, is expected to attract the elite as well as international researchers who will discuss current geopolitical questions and trends.

Jules-Amand Aniambossou, the Ambassador of France to Uganda, says the conference aims at creating a high-level, interactive and dynamic platform where multiple challenges that affect people can be discussed.

“The Conference provides a platform where we could together address the multiple challenges that affect people worldwide,” said H.E Aniambossou.

As a build-up to last year’s successful conference, partners including the Embassy of France, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), UN Women Uganda, Makerere University, Alliance Françoise Kampala and Reach a hand Uganda resolved to have it at Makerere for its emblematic significance as the oldest and prestigious university in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“One of the best universities in Africa, Makerere University is the perfect place to host the Conference since it brings together scholars, students, youths and the public,” Amb Aniambossou said.

He also thanked the partners for supporting the Kampala Geopolitics Conference and the French Embassy.

The inaugural Kampala Geopolitics conference at Makerere in October last year was graced by over 100 panelists before more than 4000 students, academia, representatives from civil society, media and political decision makers.

Dr Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke, the university’s acting communications and international revealed that the University Leadership was committed to building on the success of the first Geopolitics Conference to make the second edition even more successful.

“Makerere University is privileged to host the second edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference and reflecting on the success of the first edition. The Conference will further cement the relationship between Makerere University and France,” said Dr. Kiggundu.

Mathias Kamp, KAS country representative for Uganda and South Sudan said 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.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that, the conference will largely feature 18 panels with themes related to African and global affairs targeting over 5,000 participants mostly students, scholars, the media, diplomats, politicians and the general public.

Speakers at the conference will include Rosa Malango from United Nations, the German Ambassador to Uganda Albrecht Conze and Dr Hellen Nambalilwa from Makerere University.

Others are EU Ambassador to Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici, US ambassador Deborah Malac, Max Walter from Centre for Development Alternatives, BBC’s Allan Kasujja, Charles Onyango Obbo and Ramathan Ggoobi among others.

– Geo Politics Conference –

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.

Its Inspired by the successful “les géopolitiques de Nantes” in France.

Geopolitics is the study of the effects of geography (human and physical) on politics and international relations.

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