AASI (Afro-Asian Studies Initiative) Event at Doshisha University on April 28

On April 28, an event to build closer relationships between Africa and Asia was held on the campus of Doshisha University.
Some Asian and African scholars gave speeches about the future of the academic dialogue between Africa and Asia, and some students gave presentations about their respective research.
Members of Kakehashi Africa (KA) serve on the founding and management committee of AASI. KA is therefore part of the partnership, involving various stakeholders, to establish AASI and promote the event of April 28.
Keynote speakers were:

  • President of Kyoto Seika University,who became the first African rector in Japanese university
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda to Japan
  • Professor Emeritus of Kansai University

In the afternoon, 2 categories of sessions were held.
1. Afro-Asian Relationship
2. Development and Human Rights Challenge

In the last session of the morning program, an ABE Initiative student from South Africa, who is the Regional Coordinator of KA in Kansai region, gave a presentation on the role and purpose of “Kakehashi Africa”. He specifically focused on how KA adds value to the ABE Initiative by creating and strengthening relationships between ABE Initiative participants, which will make it easier for Japanese companies to build partnerships across the African continent.

We recognize that this kind of opportunities is quite useful to understand the actual situation between African countries and Japan, so that we can expand our business in a feasible way in the near future.