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Atlantic Dialogues – African Economies Integrate The New Global Context

Thomas Awazu | Posted : January 02, 2017

This year, under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the OCP Policy Center (OCPPC) - in collaboration with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) - hosted and organized the fifth Atlantic Dialogues, gathering over 300 high-level international public- and private-sector leaders from the Atlantic Basin to discuss cross-regional issues ranging from economic and social development, security and trade, to migration, resources, and energy. This year’s event, located at the Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakech from the 14th to the 16th of December 2016, addressed the theme "Changing Mental Maps: Strategies for an Atlantic Area in Transition". The participants, coming from the various sectors of the economy and all quadrants of the Atlantic, engaged in a series of interactive panels and smaller break-out sessions on the above-mentioned topics. As countries of “the South” have become aware of the potential they represent, they aspire to a better cooperation amongst themselves accompanied with a better integration in the entire Atlantic basin. In this framework, understanding past and previous global contexts becomes crucial for such economies, through innovative and sound public policy, to incorporate the complex and evolving global economy.