The annual Australia-Africa Week (AAW) brings together a range of activities and events to promote Australia-Africa relations.
It gives Australian companies unique access to key stakeholders and information, to inform commercial decisions in Africa. In 2019, the week will be held in Perth from 1-7 September.
At the initiative of the Advisory Group on Australia- Africa Relations (AGAAR), the inaugural Australia-Africa Week in 2016 was built around the longstanding Africa Down Under (ADU) Mining Conference. Established in 2002, ADU is the largest African mining event outside of Africa.
In 2018, 13 African ministers visited Perth and took part in events across the week. During ADU, DFAT facilitated 124 formal meetings between Australian companies and African ministers. This enabled Australian companies to have face-to-face meetings that can be difficult to secure when in country. For Australian companies with an interest in Africa, Australia-Africa Week provides an opportunity to interact with multiple African delegations at a variety of events.
Australia-Africa Week encompasses a diverse program linking universities, business groups, diaspora communities and African ministers and senior officials. Events include the Australia-Africa Universities Network Forum (AAUN), the Australia-Africa Trade, Investment and Cultural Expo, the Australia-Africa Women in Leadership Forum and the Africa Down Under Football Cup.
AAW continues to broaden its range and this year will be the forum for new events such as parallel conferences on African-Australian diaspora engagement and the Smart Farming, Smart Food side session of ADU.
The AAUN Annual Australian Forum and AGM, which brings together universities from across both continents, will include a TEDx session for the first time this year. The focus of this year’s Africa Australia Research Forum will be The Global African Community and Mr Kojo Annan, son of the late former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, will give the keynote address. Later in the week, Australian Heads of Mission based in Africa will participate in a panel discussion with WA university students on Australian diplomacy in Africa.
Australia’s diverse African communities make an important contribution to the week, coming together to highlight their culture and contribution to Australia- Africa relations. The Trade and Cultural Expo, the ADU Football Cup and the WA Africa Community Awards Gala Dinner are all events to look out for.
For a detailed list of events see Australia-Africa Week