56 years after the Bandung Asia-Africa Conference, Africa still lacks the coherent strategy for exploiting the benefits of globalization and its growing prominence in the international arena.
Asia -Africa Alliance - key to World Peace & Prosperity?
Asia like the West is increasingly investing in Africa’s infrastructural development such as education and health, yet despite its endowed wealth, the continent of Africa remains marginalised and impoverished.
The significance of Africa for Asian ancient history cannot be overstated.
The level of interaction among Africa and Asia sub-regional organisations is imperfect.
Level of People-to-People interaction (business, academia and the civil society) is less encouraging.
Customs & Tradition In the past Indian men have married many African women in Africa. In small numbers Indians first settled in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimabwe, Zaire and Nigeria. Today in Asia is not only the Indian society that forbids their women from courting with African men. A Filipina bride and Nigerian groom walk down the aisle .
BAC will act as an institutional reform for cooperation among Africa and Asia, improvise, analyse, evaluate and stimulate the contributions of the Asian-African Sub-Regional Organizations and the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership towards a balanced cultural, social and economic transformation of a New Africa.
Inspite of the Bandung Principles and the large scale of investment in Africa by Asia, Africa lacks the political will, consistent approach, logical and articulate infrastructure to maintain realistic economic and socio-cultural growth.
BAC - Institute for Mutual Cooperation Bandung Africa Centre (BAC) represents a new era of stronger cooperation between Africa and Asia. Guided by the Ten Principles of the 1955 Asian-African Conference , BAC is the creative, dynamic and enabling institutional framework for mobilizing Africa to maximize its impact in its strategic partnership with Asia.
The onus falls on the champions of the Principles of Bandung, to reinforce and extensively promote educational exchange programmes between students from the world’s two largest continents and vastly growing economies.
Support the establishment of ‘Africa Asia Scholars Trust Fund’(AASTF) for greater resource and active interaction of Asian and African Scholars worldwide.
To galvanise the spirit of Bandung this conference should endorse the establishment of:
Africa - Asia Universities Forum (AAUF).
Asia -Africa Traditional Rulers Forum (AATRF).
“ Paint a picture of tomorrow and you draw from the colours of the past“ - Khaleel Muhammad“ “ History is a light that illuminates the past, and a key that unlocks the door to the future“ - Runoko Rashidi
PROMOTING PEACE & PROSPERITY AASGON is a unique initiative and a gathering of the very best intellectuals of Africa and Asia - the continents' future potential leaders and change makers. AASGON act as a reference point; promote diversity as a source of cohesive habitation and a vibrant world and coordinate the talents of scholars. The organization takes pride in creating awareness of the richness of Africa and Asia, plan for their future and develop their present, while it seeks to promote the exchange of information and enhance cultural co-operation among member nations and across borders.