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French Embassy Partners With Mak to Host International Debate on The Geopolitics of Kampala

  • In General
  • 3 May 2018 - 2:59pm
  • By Mark Wamai
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French Ambassador H.E Stéphanie Rivoal (2nd R) and Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (3rd R) pose for a group photo with Principal CoBAMS-Dr. Eria Hisali (R), Deputy US-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (3rd L), Senior PRO-Ms. Ritah Namisango (2nd L) and French Embassy staff after the meeting on 3rd May 2018, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Embassy of France in Uganda and Makerere University have agreed to partner to host an International Debate on the Geopolitics of Kampala in the last quarter of 2018. This event derives its origin from the Geopolitics of Nantes; an annual event currently in its sixth year, organised by the French Think Tank - International Strategic Research Institute (IRIS) and hosted by French town of Nantes.

During a high level meeting held on Thursday, 3rd May 2018 in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Makerere University, H.E Stéphanie Rivoal, the Ambassador of France to Uganda revealed that the two-day interactive and dynamic event in Kampala will create a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas cutting across contemporary, local and international Geopolitics.

The Geopolitics of Kampala event will bring on board Makerere University Professors, researchers, staff, students, Ugandans and regional experts as well as researchers from France and Germany to engage in interactive debates.

“The event will provide a platform for researchers from France to interact and network with their counterparts in East Africa. The intellectual debate will include formal round tables, interactive and creative discussions in an open space where participants will present their ideas for discussion using the most convenient formats,” said the Ambassador.

H.E Stéphanie Rivoal ( R) and  Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (L) after the fruitful meeting

With delight, H.E Stéphanie Rivoal proclaimed the choice of Makerere University to host the Geopolitics of Kampala event. “We will hold the event at the emblematic University of Makerere, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in sub-Saharan Africa, where many African leaders were trained.”

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe applauded H.E Stéphanie Rivoal for choosing to partner with Makerere University. “We thank you for honouring us to host this very important event. A university should be a centre of intellectual debates. Makerere University Management, Professors, researchers, staff, alumni and students are ready to participate in the Geopolitics of Kampala event and to engage international participants in numerous topics on worldwide geopolitics,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor nominated Dr. Eria Hisali to be the Makerere University focal person in the coordination of Geopolitics of Kampala event. Dr. Hisali who is also the Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) has a wealth of experience in coordination of international events and will reach out to Principals, Professors, researchers and students to come up with topics for the intellectual debate.

With humility, Dr. Hisali confirmed his readiness to serve and used the golden opportunity to pitch the idea of holding the International debate on Geopolitics of Kampala annually.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Nawangwe reiterated that the proposed Annual International Debate on Geopolitics will go further in cementing the relationship between Makerere University and France.

Other partners involved in the Geopolitics of Kampala Event include: The French Think Tank (IRIS), the German Adenauer Foundation, UN Women and the Alliance Francaise de Kampala.


Article by: Ritah Namisango, Public Relations Office


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