Forum's programme

Friday, May 29th, 2009

9:00 Opening session


Five points of view on the global financial crisis and the challenges of global governance will be presented by eminent personalities from Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Asia and Europe. They will, in the wake of major international deadlines, assess the state of the world and the progress made in global governance.

Within a prospective approach, six visions will, thus, be subject to debate. They will help to identify common alternative approaches, new regulation forms and convergent policies capable of addressing the current problems of global governance. More particularly, how do we evaluate, from the point of view of each region, the results of the G20nad the NATO summit? What scenarios for ways out of the crisis? What configuration would the new global governance take?

• M. Elliott Abrams, Former National Security Advisor to the President, United States of America
• M. Enrique Iglesias, SEGIB Secretary General
• M. Wu Jianmin, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Affairs Committee, People's Republic of China
• M. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank
• Admiral Jacques Lanxade, Mediterranean Foundation for Strategic Studies, French Republic

11:00-11:30 Coffee break


Four speakers from the four shores of the Atlantic will analyze the Tri-continental Atlantic Initiative degree of relevance.
• What are the opportunities for an Atlantic partnership to better associate in a solidar way Africa, Europe and the Americas?
• What common values, collective interests and leverages could be put into action to found this Initiative?
• How to implement in particular the processes of economic integration, social regulation and collective security?
• The Atlantic area, thus configured, would it not be the way to best use its assets at the service of a mastered globalization and reformed governance?
• M. Carlos Alberto Alvarez, President of the Mercosur's permanent representatives and former vice-président, Argentine Republic
• M. Christian Frémont, Head of the President’s Private Office, French Republic
• M. Essop Goolam Pahad, Former Minister to The presidency, Republic of South Africa
• M. Simon Serfaty, Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, United States of America

Debate (30min)

13:00 Lunch: Keynote speaker, Guest of Honor : M. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Senegal

14:30-19:00 Common stakes in the Atlantic area

The Atlantic area is rich with its historical background, common cultural inheritage and shared values. With such a foundation, does the Atlantic Area has sufficient resources to meet the challenges of globalization? On which Paradigm to build a project Atlantic solidarity and what institutional and policy approach is likely to foster convergence for a shared prosperity, a common security, a sustainable development and an active contribution to global governance? To what extent and through what institutions is it possible to provide solidar and co-responsible prospective answers in conformity with challenges facing post-crisis globalization in growth, competitiveness, social cohesion, sustainable development and global security fields? To deal with these key issues, the forum would be divided into two major commissions meeting simultaneously

14:30-16:30 Commission 1: Trade, investment and competitiveness

What new basis for wealth accumulation for the post-crisis? What leverages to operationalize
sustainable development?

Chairman: Jorge Braga de Macedo, Former Minister of Finance, President of the Tropical
Research Institute, Portuguese Republic

• M. Dorval Brunelle, Director of the Montreal Institute of International Studies, Canada
• M. Guillaume Grosso, Chief Operating Officer, Policy Counselor, OECD Development Center
• M. Xavier Guilhou, CEO, XAC Conseil, French Republic
• M. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Former Minister for Economic Planning and Regional Cooperation, Republic of Ghana
• M. Roberto Lavagna, Former Minister of Economy and Production, Argentine Republic

Debate (30 min)

14:30-16:30 Commission 2 : Global security

What are the vulnerabilities of the Atlantic area? Which means to mobilize and what partnerships to establish in order to control and make secure the Tri-continental area ?

Chairman: M. Victor Borges, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cape Verde

• M. Yossef Bodansky (USA)
• M. Jean Dufourcq, Research Director at the "Ecole Militaire de Paris", French Republic
• M. Louis Gautier, National Delegate of the Socialist Party to Strategic Issues, French Republic
• M. Juan Antonio Mateos Cicero, Former Ambassador, United Mexican States
• M. Simon Serfaty, Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, United States of America
• Mrs. Claire Spencer, Chatham House, United Kingdom

Debate (30 min)

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-19:00 Commission 1: Social cohesion and cultural values

What impact has the crisis on bordering countries regional identity? What common cultural basis to preserve? What common values to promote?

Chairman: M. Emile Malet, General Delegate, World Forum on Sustainable Developement, French Republic
• Mrs Monica Herz, Professor, Institute of the International Relations, Republic of Brazil
• M. Emile Malet, General Delegate, World Forum on Sustainable Development, French Republic
• M. Mohamed Larbi Messari, former Minister, Kingdom of Morocco
• M. Adebayo Olukoshi, CODESRIA Executive Secretary
• M. Abdellah Saaf, former Minister, Director of CERSS, Kingdom of Morocco
• M. Olivier Stirn, former Minister, in charge of the euro-african questions in the mission for the Mediterranean Union, French Republic
• M. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins University, United States of America

Debate (30 min)

17:00-19:00 Commission 2 : Regional Organizations

How do they structure continents? What contribution to the global governance?

Chairman: M. Miguel dos Anjos da Cunha Lisboa Trovoada, Former President of Sao Tomé and Principe and Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Republic of Angola

• M. Carlos Alberto Alvarez, President of the Mercosur's permanent representatives and former vice-président, Argentine Republic
• M. Eneko Landaburu, Director-General of External Relations, European Commission
• M. Adan Martin Menis, former President of the Government of Canary Islands
• M. Alvaro de Vasconcelos, Director, Institute for Security studies, European Union

Debate (30 min)

19:000 Plenary session: Presentation of commissions’ reports main conclusions

20:00 Dinner. Keynote speaker: M. António Monteiro, former Minister of Foreign affairs, Portuguese Republic

Saturday, May 30th, 2009


Designed as a "brain-storming", this session should provide ideas for joint actions and proposes concrete projects that will take into account the conclusions drawn from the previous sessions to feed the Tri-continental Atlantic Initiative bank of projects. These proposals will help establish the initiative's road map and identify the institutional actors of its implementation. This road map should contribute to the collective ownership of the initiative’s goals and to its coherence.

9:00-11:00 Natural resources, food security and sustainable development
Chairman: Mrs Assia Bensalah Alaoui, Itinerant Ambassador of His Majesty The King, Kingdom of Morocco
• M. Mohamed Ait Kadi, President, Agricultural Developement Council, Kingdom of Morocco
• M. Juan de Castro, Director, GPAEI, Antonio de Nebrija University, Kingdom of Spain
• M. Loïc Fauchon, President, World Water Council, French Republic
• M. Reinaldo Figueredo, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Venezuela
• M. Francis Ghiles, Senior Researcher, CIDOB, Kingdom of Spain
• M. Grigori Lazarev, International Consultant
• M. Papa Ndiaye, Director, African Institute of Basic research, Republic of Senegal

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:30 Knowledge economy, migration and mutual understanding
Chairman: M. Ebrahim Rasool, Advisor to the President, South Africa

• M. Driss El Yazami, President of the Conseil de la Communauté Marocaine à l’Etranger, Kingdom of Morocco
• M. Antonio Carlos Lessa, Editor of the magazine “ Revista Brasilieira Politica Internacional”, Republic of Brazil
• M. Jorge Nuno Jiminez, Chief executive officer, Economic and social Studies of the Third World Center, Mexico
• M. Demetrios Papademetriou, President of the Migration Policy Institute, United States of America
• M. Ebrahim Rasool
• M. Jean-Louis Reiffers, Dean, Faculté des Sciences Economiques d’Aix/Marseille II, French Republic
• M. Kojo Yankah, President of the African University College of Communication”, Republic of Ghana

13:30 Lunch

Chairman: M. Hassan Abouyoub, Itinerant Ambassador of His Majesty The King, Kingdom of Morocco
- Presentation of the Road Map by Mr. Alfredo Valladao, Professor at IEP Paris, Chaire Mercosur

General Debate

17:00 Closing session

- Final declaration
- Closing remarks

N.B: The speakers are classified by alphabetical order. This order does not prejudge that of the interventions.