CODESRIA Conference Room
February 07 2018
Several CODESRIA staff, led by the Executive Secretary, received the Ambassador of South Africa to Senegal and the People’s Republic of the Gambia, His Excellency Lenin Shope. Mr. Shope led a team of officers from the Embassy in the visit to the Council Office in Dakar. The visit, which was the first with the Embassy since the arrival of the new envoy in Dakar, was both a courtesy call but also a brainstorming session on key developments and transformations occurring in the continent. The resulting meeting discuss these transformations but with specific reference to recent changes occurring in West Africa.
In welcoming the guests, the Executive Secretary gave a brief presentation about CODESRIA as a basic research organization in the social sciences and humanities while emphasizing the pan-African character of its mandate. He assessed the continuous effective cooperation that CODESRIA has maintained with some South African research institutions and universities including the Human Sciences Research Council and concluded with the hope that such partnerships will not just be expanded but sustained. His Excellency, Lenin Shope, congratulated CODESRIA for its work and achievements and highlighted the importance of research to their work. Issues discussed included major developments in Africa and the West African sub-region in particular focusing on migration, security, democratization and relations between Africans countries with respect to trade, cross-border movement, relations with ex-colonial powers and demographic changes. Both parties were delighted to meet and agreed on the necessity of establishing a regular dialogue around specific outputs from research and related policy questions.