Brief report on the just concluded AROCSA Conference is below.
Overview: Current global political trends such as Brexit in 2016, the surprising electoral upheavals across continents, a complex confluence of nationalist populism, and African countries backing out of the ICC, among others, give clear indications of a pushback to globalization, paving way for a radical shift in global politics. As members of the global community, African countries will be affected directly and indirectly, and so must begin to dialogue on how to engage in this new world order.
Note: AROCSA is currently registered as a 501(c)3 organization in the United States of America and Nigeria. While the initial group of founding members comes largely from West Africa, AROCSA’s membership will be continent-wide and will seek to build bridges across the entire continent of Africa.
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
The Conference drew large pool of participants from academic, labour/trade unions, non-profits, human rights activists, civil society and development practitioners from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Zambia, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, United States of America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC-PACFaH) delegation which was led by Distinguished Senator Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Chairman Senate Committee on Health comprise of Dr. Aremu Fatai (Policy and Legislative Advocacy Consultant, dRPC-PACFaH) and Dr. Jake Dan-Azumi (SA to D-G, NILS).