From April 25 – 27, 2016 The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in partnership with OCP Policy Center and the Institut Panafricain de Stratégies hosted the second edition of the Atlantic Strategy Group in Dakar, Senegal. The theme of the conference was “An Atlantic Conversation on Prosperity and Security.”
The conference brought together a little over 50 participants from 20 different countries from Africa, the Americas, and Europe to discuss issues of shared interest. ASG started with an opening dinner on Monday, April 25, which was attended by representatives of the Senegalese Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference went on for a day and a half of lively discussions and debates which addressed issues of economic transformation and regional integration, trade and investment, security and regional stability, governance and human development, and mid-term perspectives for the region. The program also included remarks by President Pedro Pires, former president of Cape Verde, and Minister Mark Graham Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation of St. Kitts & Nevis.
The group was made up of policy, business, and civil society leaders, including representatives from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Brazilian Center for International Relations, the Africa Center , the European Commission, the Atlantic Council, Istituto Affari Internazionali, SciencesPo Paris, McLarty Associates, and the EU Delegation to Senegal.