The Hammamet Conference Series is an international platform for dialogue and progress in relations between the UK and North Africa. It brings together new and established leaders from the worlds of business, civil society, media and government to engage in dialogue, build new relationships and identify solutions to critical issues.
The Series comprises two key elements: an annual conference and ongoing dialogue. The conference is the centre piece of the series and is a mix of formal plenary sessions, informal workshops, discussion groups and networking opportunities. This inspires and informs the resulting Hammamet Conversation - a year round dialogue, facilitated through seminars, workshops, events and online activity, which brings together key leaders from the UK, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.
From the three days each year at Hammamet, to the year-round engagement and dialogue..., we are creating lasting partnerships built on trust and understanding - Atia Lawgali, Chairman
The Series was launched by the British Council in 2011, in response to monumental change in North Africa, with the fall of old established systems and the emergence of new leadership. The focus of the first conference, held in Hammamet, Tunisia, was to look beyond the immediate needs of reconstruction and economic development and create the platform and channels that would enable shared understanding and trust to flourish between the UK and North Africa.
The conference is held annually in Hammamet and includes a mix of formal plenary sessions and informal workshops, discussion groups, as well as the opportunity for participants to mix socially and freely.