So varied is the Horn of Africa that people pluck what they wish from that variety to generalize. It is that diversity of geography, history, population, politics, and culture that has made the region so prone to conflict within its societies and between its countries.
Khaleej Times 23 February Faryal Leghari The Gulf-Africa Strategy Forum will endeavour to strengthen economic relations between the GRC and the African States and also seek opportunities to forge political and security alliances between both the regional flanks.
The Gulf has been mainly involved in extractive industries such as oil and mineral exploration in Africa and investments in this sector have been primarily aimed to help develop capacity and related infrastructure.
The mining sector has seen mainly private investments, in the mining of gold, copper, iron and platinum. Other sectors that had seen major investments were in the development of infrastructure, telecommunications and agriculture.
The lack of systematic collection of data and categorising private and official investments from the Gulf has made it difficult to reach an accurate estimate of total investments, made so far.
Ethiopiais offering per cent exemption from customs duties and other taxes levied on imports to investors Saudi investment. The conference is expected to have a heavy Saudi participation with a member delegation coming from the Ministry of Trade and Commerce from the Kingdom.
The UAE will be sending one member from the Ministry of foreign trade to attend the conference. Participants of the African Union Commission and representatives from African and major commercial enterprises will also be present for the event. Apart from focusing on economic ties, the forum will also put forth the idea of a Gulf-Africa political alliance.
Political representatives from both regional blocs will meet and discuss the possibility of extending bilateral ties to tackle security issues in addition to looking at the formation of a GCC-African Union alliance.
Such an alliance is hoped to give a united voice to two separate entities that currently do not enjoy a strong, international standing like the EU.
The security issues affecting the region have also become a major concern to the international community. Piracy, narcotics and human trafficking, arms smuggling and terrorism are the most prominent security issues that affect both the Gulf and Africa.
The conference will also focus on the role of the Gulf States as providers of development aid to African states. Since the Tsunami disaster inthe Gulf States have diversified to include non Islamic states as the recipients of aid.The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Regional Strategy for the Middle East and North Africa sets out key objectives to guide IOM’s operations, strategic positioning and policy and advocacy work for the period from to Mar 03, · Miguel, this demonstrates that you have very acute insight to cross-cultural issues.
The big picture (overall understanding of the culture, sub-culture, region, language, religion, politics) is important, but you are RIGHT ON that it is the small details that can make or break a deal.
Piracy and Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea. The resurgence of piracy in African waters is now a subject of serious concern to African states and indeed the international community.
For the last decade, it was concentrated in three main regions: the East African Coast, Nigeria’s territorial waters, and the Mozambique Channel. Feb 23, · The Gulf-Africa Strategy Forum will endeavour to strengthen economic relations between the GRC and the African States and also seek opportunities to forge political and security alliances between both the regional flanks.
This Conference is an initiative launched by the Gulf Research Center. The Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional alliance of Gulf monarchies that would inevitably be involved in a major regional dispute of this kind, should learn from these African best practices.
The Broader Strategic Importance of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula From a strategic viewpoint, the flow of oil and gas tanker traffic out of the Gulf and through the Strait of Hormuz remains the world’s most important energy chokepoint.