The Africa-Nordic Ministerial Dialogue was initiated by the former Swedish Foreign Minister, Ms Anna Lindh, as a forum where less formal political dialogue can take place. We pay tribute to her today for her foresight and initiative – she is sorely missed.
The first Africa-Nordic Meeting took place in Sweden in December 2000 and subsequently 13 meetings have taken place from 2000 to 2013. The 13th Meeting was hosted in Finland in 2013. The meeting specifically discussed how to make economic growth inclusive, the role of regional and global actors in seeking solutions for African conflicts, and how macro-economic challenges affect the Nordic Welfare model. It was also during the 13th Ministerial Meeting that South Africa agreed to host this 14th Meeting.