International organisations discussed in Rome the future of East Africa

An Eastern Africa Day has been held in Rome last 3rd of July to talk about insights and possibilities of the region.

The event was organised by the Society for International Development (SID) and Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI).

Juma Volter Mwapachu, Vice-President of SID and Secretary General of the East African Community, was attending the meeting.

“This event – it’s written in a press release by Sid – brought together policy actors interested in and working in Eastern Africa to share insights and reflect on the prospects and challenges facing this region”.

Aidan Eyakuze, SID East African Scenarios Programme Director, “illustrated the ‘picture of now’ of the region and the three scenarios stories contained in the publication ‘What do we want? What might we become?- Imagining the future of East Africa’.

I want to be a star is a story about Cea, a region so spell-bound by the promise of her natural riches and beauty that she welcomes all suitors and hands to them all control over her destiny.

I want a Visa tells of an ‘Executive Elite’ which deploys state power with ambition and dynamism, and which discovers the limits of its capacity to control.

Usiniharakishe! (Don’t rush me!) describes the struggle by ordinary East Africans to retain and reclaim control over their most local assets and who learn that success is not guaranteed.

Two Italian professors of the University of Roma Tre, in Rome, and of Università di Pavia, and a journalist commented the presentation. “Professor Pasquale de Muro, from the University Roma Tre in Rome, stressed the importance of the programme’s holistic and multidisciplinary approach and its forward looking attitude”, it’s written in the press release.

“Professor Stefano Bellucci, from the University of Pavia, warned against the dangers of the region embracing modernity too quickly and uncritically”.

“Irene Panozzo, journalist from Lettera 22, remarked that stability and conflict resolution is a priority for East Africa”.

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