Cains advocate examines ‘visions for a better future’ in North Africa

An advocate from Douglas-based law firm Cains has joined over 100 delegates at a British Council conference in Tunisia to discuss possible solutions to problems affecting North Africa.

Andrew Newton attended the fifth annual Hammamet Conference last month, which represented views and insights from the worlds of politics, civil society, business, culture and the arts, media and academia.

Andrew said he has returned to the Isle of Man “inspired and enthused” following the conference, and the opportunity to reflect upon the last five years and connect with the varied representatives of North African society had provided “positive and aspirational visions for the future of the region”.

He added: “The British Council hopes that the conference will provide the catalyst for a continued conversation within the North African region and also between the UK and North Africa. I have made a diverse array of connections in Hammamet to follow up with and I hope this can generate yet further positives following a hugely successful conference.”

The theme for this year’s conference was “Visions of a better future”, with the aim of it enabling some of the most influential current and emerging leaders and opinion formers from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and the UK to discuss shared challenges, exchange ideas, and learn more about the latest research and innovative thinking on issues of common concern.

The Hammamet Conference 2016, which took place from the 24-26 November, represented five years of dialogue between leaders of North Africa and the UK. Its purpose was to share ideas, to respond to challenges and develop innovative solutions to the challenges faced by these countries.

This significant milestone provides an opportunity for Hammamet Fellows to critically review the Arab Spring, chart roadmaps for the future and discuss solutions to the most pressing problems of the next five years.