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Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) Director, Dr Jochen Prantl recently travelled to Africa to deliver a series of major addresses on why the global power shift to Asia matters to the African Union (AU).
Dr Prantl addressed the diplomatic corps at the AU Headquarters as well as members of the Policy Planning Unit of the Foreign Minister at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The seminars focused on the global power shift to Asia, which has generated a strong demand for a strategic realignment that re-positions Africa in what has been widely dubbed the Asian Century.
With the middle class in Asia to triple to 1.75 billion by 2020, we are currently witnessing what the United Nations describes as a historic shift not seen for 150 years.
Dr Prantl said that since African economies will increasingly have to rely on the middle class of the Asia-Pacific, this shift constitutes one of the most important features of today's economic landscape.
He adds that given the global power shift to Asia, seminars and dialogues in Africa like these are important because the implications for the political and social foundations of multilateralism are profound. For the African Union, this requires a thorough review beyond foreign affairs of key policies on economy, business, and education.
Following from the successful trip, APCD will explore executive development and diplomatic training opportunities with the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry and the African Union.
Dr Jochen Prantl is Director at the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy. His expertise is in global governance, international security, institutional diversity, and collective action. His research aims at developing key concepts of security governance that can be used more widely. Dr Prantl holds degrees in Political Science (M.A.) from the University of Bonn and International Relations (M.A.; D.Phil.) from the University of Oxford.