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Aus-Africa Dialogue 2013: reflections and recommendations

By ASPI and the Brenthurst Foundation

Between 10 and 12 July 2013, African and Australian leaders from diverse political, public service, industry, academic and civil society backgrounds met at Bunker Bay in Western Australia. This inaugural Aus-Africa Dialogue started a conversation between people from both continents responsible for shaping their societies’ future.

The inaugural dialogue was the brainchild of ASPI and the Brenthurst Foundation, based in Johannesburg, and came about following a joint conference in Zambia in May 2012.

Many ties bind us across the Indian Ocean. Our relations are driven by increasingly shared interests—not least in the interactions of major rising powers around the world—and by the idea that working together we can strengthen our societies, increase wealth, improve governance and bring our people closer.

The Aus-Africa Dialogue at Bunker Bay structured its discussions around a number of themes:

  • Growth, jobs and security beyond the resources boom
  • Good governance and professional and cultural exchange
  • Increasing security cooperation
  • Aid, investment and increasing people-to-people links
  • Practical solutions for challenges, and opportunities and innovations for the future.

The paper includes a foreword by the Hon Julie Bishop Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and His Excellency Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya.