The theme for 2023 for the African Union is “Year of AfCFTA: Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation.”
One of the AfCFTA's objectives is to "create a single market for goods, services, facilitated by movement of persons in order to deepen the economic integration of the African continent and in accordance with the Pan African Vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.”
Among the many problems and challenges Africa faces today, embedded racism and xenophobia are widely experienced across the continent.
The meeting will spotlight how embedded racial and xenophobic prejudices are inhibiting a strong and united Africa. The role of religion, especially Christianity and Islam, in fragmenting and weakening people of African descent has been widely propagated by many prominent African scholars.
The conversation will seek to answer questions such as: “How can faith communities contribute to the development of a shared African identity devoid of racist and xenophobic prejudices in the enhancement of the AfCFTA & the Free Movement Protocol?”
Participants will interrogate the role of faith communities in engendering division among people of African descent within the framework of the AfCFTA and the Free movement protocol. They will also propose ways in which faith communities can contribute to the development of a shared African identity, and promote the ratification of the Free Movement protocol.
It is expected that the conversation will lead to an increased awareness of the impact of racist and xenophobic prejudices to the status of Africa and people of African descent within Africa and in the global village.
Register here to join this discussion live, Thursday 25 May, 11:00-13:00 CET