Africa Program Partners with the Burundi Leadership Training Program to Gather Key Burundian Leaders, Help End Political Stalemate
On September 9-12, the Africa Program, with its Burundi partner, the Burundi Leadership Training Program, mounted a "Key Leaders" retreat aimed at stemming a crisis of governance in Burundi. The ruling party had lost its parliamentary majority and tensions between it and the opposition parties had paralysed the government. The retreat, which brought together all party leaders, the four living former presidents, and other key government and society leaders, was used to rebuild trust, communications and negotiations skills among these former protagonists, and create the collaboration and cohesion that policymakers need to move the democratic process forward.
Contents:-Introduction by Howard Wolpe and Stephen Morrison-"A Legacy in Danger" by Johnnie Carson-"Uganda: An African 'Success' Past its Prime" by Joel Barkan-"A Changing Uganda: A Government Perspective" by Ruhakana Rugunda
This paper is specifically about providing suggestions for positions the AU can take vis-a-vis the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Central is an urgent call for member states to give the AU latitude to ensure that the conclusion of EPAs with the EU is postponed until, at least, the next decade. Simply: If the EU successfully foists EPAs on a critical number of member states through unilateral threats to prematurely withdraw or limit preferential treatment, the negative consequences will be devastating not only to Africa but to many trading partners.