On 13 July 2017 the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Dr Vasu Gounden, was invited by the European Representative to South Africa, H.E. Ambassador Marcus Cornaro, to a dinner in honour of the visiting Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), H.E. Ambassador Jean Christophe Belliard. This was the first visit to South Africa by Ambassador Belliard in his capacity as Deputy Secretary General, and it was an opportunity to reinforce and intensify the political engagement under the South Africa – European Union Strategic Partnership. The dinner also provided an opportunity to discuss current affairs taking place on the Continent.