Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Africa Week celebrates a close relationship between two continents

    25/08/2018 10:00 AM
    • Africa Week runs from August 26 to September 1
    • McGowan Government supports events with $39,000 via the Office of Multicultural Interests 

    Africa Week is an opportunity to celebrate the many ties between Australia and countries across Africa, including recognising the important contributions of Western Australian Africans.


    Developed around the hugely successful Africa Down Under Conference, Africa Week now features a number of events and activities that explore the economic and cultural links between WA and African countries.


    The State Government, via the Office of Multicultural Interests and in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, is supporting key events during Africa Week including:

    • WA African Awards, hosted by the Organisation of African Communities (OAC), recognising the achievements of Western Australian Africans across a number of sectors;
    • Australia-Africa Trade, Investment and Cultural Expo at Yagan Square and hosted by the Advisory Group on Australian-African Relations (AGAAR), showcasing African Australian small businesses and cultural demonstrations; and
    • Australia-Africa Week's Women in Leadership Forum, bringing together stakeholders, delegates and speakers from across Australia and Africa.  

    These join other events including the Africa Week Film Festival, the Australian-African Universities Network Forum and the Down Under Football Cup, to celebrate a continent of rich diversity and enormous potential beyond the mining sector.


    There are currently more than 101,200 Africa-born people living in Western Australia, which makes up around 4.1 per cent of the total population.


    For information of events during Africa Week, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Africa Week provides a platform to highlight the outstanding achievements of Australian Africans across a number of sectors including mining, community and small business.


    "Western Australia's African communities are growing and contributing strongly to the social, economic and cultural development of the State. 


    "The McGowan Government recognises and celebrates cultural diversity as one of our great strengths, and applauds the commitment of Western Australian African communities to every aspect of life in this State."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600