Workshop about furthering cooperation between Reunion Island and South Africa [fr]

Since 2013, Reunion, a French Island in the Indian Ocean, has developed a strategic reflection regarding its future and its integration in the Indian Ocean area. In 2015, Reunion launched a prospective exercise to reinforce its links with South Africa, major partner and key role player to overcome development challenges for the future in the area.

To this end, the General Secretary of Regional Affairs (SGAR) of Reunion and the French Embassy in South Africa has composed a prospective team of representatives from research, academics, economics, business and investment, art and social development sectors, to develop joint strategic reflections aimed at building a long term vision between South Africa and Reunion.

The first four-hour meeting, gathering 15 representatives, took place on 22 September 2015 at the Residence of the French Ambassador in Pretoria. It was guided by Chantell Ilbury, independent scenario strategist, specialised in the use of scenarios and game-playing strategy.

The second workshop will take place on 29 October in Pretoria in the presence of Préfet Dominique Sorain (Governor of Reunion Island). The third workshop is scheduled for November 2015.

All representatives and delegates will attend a final workshop in Reunion in February 2016.

Participants at the first workshop:

  • Prof Wanda Markotter, University of Pretoria
  • Prof. Darrell Abernethy, Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Pretoria
  • Dr Michel Verstraete, Chief Scientist at the South African National Space Agency: Earth Observation
  • Mr Malik Maaza, iThembalabs
  • Mrs Herster Du Plessis, MISTRA, a foundation for strategic environmental research
  • Mr Jakkie Cilliers, Institute for Security Studies
  • Mr Greg Mills, Brenthurst Foundation
  • Mrs Agnès Carpentier-Lemonnier, Regional Director Southern, Eastern Africa at CMA CGM, a French container transportation and shipping company
  • Mr Rodney Moloko, Strategic Relationship Manager: Business Brand SA
  • Dr Raymond Steenkamp-Fonseca, Political scientist
  • Mrs Antoinette Murdoch, Curator Johannesburg Art Gallery
  • Mr Bernd Lutge, Principal at Cedara College of Agriculture
  • Mrs Lani Wepener, Senior manager in charge of Cedara College of Agriculture
  • Mr Roelf Meyer, former SA Minister of Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs
  • Mrs Smith Rene Alicia, Deputy Dean at Durban University of Technology.

Download Ambassador Barbier’s address here.

publie le 25/10/2015

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