The Advisory council organized its first seminar on the 23 March. This event was an opportunity to have a broad view on PCD at the EU and at the Belgian level. Specific thematic were discussed more deeply such as trade, natural resources and environment in Central Africa. There were different speakers at this event: the PCD rapporteur in the European Parliament, Mr Dan Preda, Mr Sorensen from the European Commission, Mr Orbie, professor in Ghent University. Some members of the Advisory Council participated also to the debate: Mr De Schutter, Mr Vanden Berghe, Mr Zacharie and Mr Kabamba. The presentations of the different speakers are below.