About The Atlantic Dialogues

Atlantic Dialogues 2017 is the 6th edition of the annual high–level initiative, organized by the Moroccan think tank OCP Policy Center. Its theme this year: « Africa in the Atlantic: Time for Action ». This forum on the broader Atlantic basin aims at re–thinking traditional approaches and drafting a « positive agenda » towards change and development.


A Global Event - AD 2017 features 3 days of a special programme from December 10th to 12th for 50 Emerging Leaders coming from 25 countries (North and South). They will join the 250 strong Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders (ADEL) network. Will follow 3 days of the AD conference on Atlantic issues. This balanced conversation, that the OCP Policy Center wishes to be based on facts rather than perceptions, will allow the African point of view to express itself. On a total of 340 participants this year, 30 % will come from Subsaharan Africa, 21 % from Europe, 19 % from Morocco, 19 % from North America and 9 % from South America. Among them, 21 % will represent international organisations, 15 % the private sector, 23 % several think tanks, 14 % the academia and 7 % the media.

A Hub for Political and Business Leaders, Diplomats and Civil Servants - Confirmed speakers include Ibrahim Mohamed Awal, Minister of Business Development (Ghana), Edward Scicluna, Minister of Finances (Malta), Omar Amadu Jallow, Minister of Agriculture (Gambia). Three former Heads of States will also attend : Eduardo Duhalde (Argentina), Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Michel Rodriguez (Costa-Rica). Two former Prime Ministers will attend, Aminata Touré (Senegal) and Lionel Zinsou (Benin), as well as former Ministers of Foreign Affairs Hubert Védrine (France), Miguel Angel Moratinos (Spain), Paulo Portas (Portugal) and the former Minister of Education Silas Lwakabamba (Rwanda). Top diplomats, military offcers and civil servants will also be there : Ana Palacio, Member of the Council of State (Spain), Clare Akamanzi, CEO of the Development Board (Rwanda), Mary Berth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union (USA), Major General Barre Seguin, Director for Strategy, Plans and Programs, U.S. Africa Command (USA  and General (Retired) Sir Nick Parker, senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI, United Kingdom). Private sector speakers include Didier Acouetey from AfricSearch (France),  and Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO of OCP (Morocco).

A Broad Network of Scientific Partners – AD 2017 is organized by the OCP Policy Center, and seeks to reinforce its links with top think tanks and members of the academic world. The list of its speakers this year features Pascal Boniface, Director of Institut français des relations internationales et stratégiques (IFRI, France), Jorge Castañeda, global distinguished Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (NYU, USA) and former Secretary General of Foreign Affairs (Mexico), Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (USA), Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, Senior Advisor, Africa Economic Development & Policy Initiative (Nigeria), Daniel Hamilton, Executive Director of Johns Hopkins University (USA), Sunjoy Joshi, DirectorObserver Research Foundation (India), Jason Marczak, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council of the United States, Michelle Ndiaye, Head of Tana Forum Secretariat (Ethiopia), J. Peter Pham, Vice President and Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council of the United States, Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (USA) and William Zartman, Professor at John Hopkins University  (USA), and many more.


Three parallel Lunch side events will take place during AD (by registration only).

On December 13th, experts will discuss «Africa-Latin America Dialogue : The Road Ahead». This mutual engagement has been slow on the economic side, sometimes with downturns. Finding synergies and areas of cooperation will be at the heart of the discussions as the two continent share some common challenges. Is it time to build a «Marrakesh Consensus» for action? Under the chairmanship of Marcus Freitas, Senior Fellow at OCP Policy Center, at least three experts will exchange : Pedro da Motta Veiga, Director, Centro de Estudos sobre Integracao e Desenvolvimento (Brazil), Enrique Bravo Escobar, Program Officer for Latin America & The Carribean at National Endowment for Democracy (USA), and Gilles Yabi, Founder, West Africa Citizen Think Tank (WATHI, Senegal).

The Jean Monnet Network will also present on December 13th the book «Energy and Transportation in the Atlantic» during a Lunch Side Event on December 13th, in the presence of its two authors, Pr. Paul Isbell and Pr. Andreas Kraemer, both coming from Washington DC. They will explore with two discussants, Mehmet Ogutcu (Turkey), Chairman of Global Resources Corporation and Malao Ndiaye, Atlantic Dialogue Emerging Leader 2017, Monitoring Specialist at the Ministry of Energy  (Senegal) further the nexus between energy and transportation in each of the major continental zones of the Atlantic Basin.

On December 14th, «Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Africa after COP23» will be discussed with the Malabo Montpellier Panel. The focus will be set on links between agriculture and climate change. Countries have been asked by the COP23 in Bonn to submit their views on what should be included by end of March 2018. This side event will provide an overview of the scale of malnutrition in Africa and will call on African government officials to advance policies sustaining the growth of the agricultural sector and supporting the people within it under a changing climate. Chaired by Mohamed Rachid Doukkali, Professor of applied economics at Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Institute and Senior Fellow at OCP Policy Center, this debate will have as speakers : Debisi Araba (Nigeria), Africa Director of International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Tom Arnold, Director General for the Institute for International and European Affairs, among others.


Registration to AD:  Registration will be open on Tuesday December 12th between 3pm and 8pm at la Mamounia Hotel, the conference venue. Shuttles will be running accordingly. Please collect your conference bag and badge from the registration desks (Salon d’honneur) and make sure you wear your badge when you join the conference on Wednesday !

Breakout Dinner choices of the 13th:  By now, you should have received an invitation to fll in your Breakout Dinner preferences. If you haven’t made your choices already, Please click here. 

Gala dinner of the 15th: Kindly note that the 6th edition of the Atlantic Dialogues. Gala dinner will take place on Friday 15th from 7:45 pm at Dar Soukkar, a lovely venue in the heart of the city of Marrakesh with live bands and Moroccan cuisine... The dress code is semi-formal and shuttles will be running from the conference hotels to Dar Soukkar.

AD Connect App: As you know, AD is all about interactivity. Each year, we design a special smartphone application which will enable you to access the event content, view who is coming, interact with the panelists, share your feedback, exchange electronic business cards and much more. Please make sure to download this year’s App as soon as you receive the invitation email!
Logistics: Please expect a recap email by Saturday December 9th with airport pick up and arrangements.
For more information click on the AD 2017 webpage here.