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Prominent African intellectual Achille Mbembe discusses African borders at AfDB Eminent Speaker seminar

Event location: 
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Renowned African historian, philosopher and political scientist Joseph Achille Mbembe was the key speaker of the 21st edition of the African Development Bank’s Eminent Speakers series on Friday, September 29 at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan.

Mbembe, spoke on “The cost of borders in Africa”. The talk was timely as it took place in the week of World Tourism Day, September 27.

The seminar was an opportunity to enrich the discussions on African integration spearheaded by the AfDB under the “Integrate Africa” component of its High 5 priorities. The cost of borders is perceived as an obstacle to the elimination of non-tariff trade barriers and the creation of regional infrastructures and attractive markets. It also undermines efforts to initiate sound policies and regulatory frameworks across Africa.

Mbembe is an eminent professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research of Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was Executive Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal. He has also been a visiting professor at the universities of Harvard, Duke and California in Berkeley in the United States.

He has been recognized by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa as one of the continent’s top researchers. The large number of his publications earned him a spontaneous reputation in the field of research at the global level.

Since its launch in March 2006, AfDB's Eminent Speakers series has attracted high-profile speakers from around the world.