Visits and Partnerships - December 2017

WAI Director General receives Professor Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira from the University of Minho, Portugal

IMG 0356 copyProfessor Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira was received on December 14, 2017 by the Director General of the West Africa Institute (WAI) at the Institute's headquarters.

Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the School of Economics and Management International Relations and Public Administration of the University of Minho (Portugal), Mrs. Ferreira-Pereira holds a PhD from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Prof. Ferreira-Pereira was sojourning in Praia in the framework of a one-week lecturing at the invitation of the President of ENG (Escola de Negócios e Governação) of the University of Cabo Verde (Uni-CV) and also Director of the Master Program in African Regional Integration (MIRA). She was wishing, in the aftermath of her professional activities, to address Prof. Traoré a series of questions dealing with the current challenges of regional integration in West Africa, particularly those relating to the specific role of the Republic of Cabo Verde in the current process as well as those linked with the critical issue of security in the region.

During two clock hours, the different quoted points were subject to direct and frank exchanges on an academic and empirical basis. To sum up, both parties came to the conclusion that the Republic of Cabo Verde could provide ECOWAS member States with its experience in various areas, including the peaceful achievement of democratic process, social cohesion and the steps taken to improve the quality of life of the population, the functioning of its educational system and its public health system. It should be added that all these sectors and many more were subjects of a study conducted by the African Development Bank (ADB) published in November 2012 and entitled “Cape Verde - A Success Story".

Regarding the difficult equation of security and development in the Sahelo-Saharan region, Prof. Ferreira-Pereira and Prof. Traoré agreed that it is necessary to go back in history in order to identify the origin of the security crisis in the region and formulate durable solutions, especially as the consequences on the youth and the economies of the affected countries are disastrous.

At the end of the exchanges, Prof. Ferreira-Pereira and Prof. Traoré expressed the common will to deepen their academic cooperation through Fellowship and Lecturing activities.


WAI Director General welcomes Mrs. Yara Dos Santos, December 15, 2017 

IMG 0363Mrs. Yara Dos Santos had wished to meet WAI Director General to discuss with her a possible collaboration to bring information and awareness messages to the Cabo Verdien youth about issues concerning  regional integration. 

Ms. Dos Santos is an official of the Cabo Verdian State and has held several positions, including at the Presidency of the Republic and at the Ministry of Justice. At the same time, Mrs. Dos Santos is a writer and has already published five books of which she offered the penultimate, entitled "Conversa Aberta" to the Director General of WAI. 

The hour-long discussion focused on the relevance of the concept of regional integration and the role that the youth can play in accelerating its implementation. 

Mrs. Dos Santos invited Prof. Traoré to participate in January 2018 in the launching of her next publication entitled "Inspirar" and suggested her  to join her in book presentation sessions in Cabo Verdean schools and universities where regional integration issues would be shared and discussed with the students. 

Prof. Traoré accepted the invitation with pleasure and recalled the vision that led the Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde, ECOWAS, UEMOA, UNESCO and the Ecobank Group to create the West Africa Institute. She also mentioned WAI's missions, which are largely dedicated to the West African youth, and aim at strengthening their capacities in order to make them suitable for taking over the implementation process of regional integration and social transformations in West Africa.

Mrs. Yara Dos Santos left the meeting with the assurance that the initiative she is carrying could be implemented.


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