The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Fifth African Union – European Union Summit kicks off at Senior Officials level

26 November 2017

Held under the theme "Investment in Youth for Accelerated Inclusive growth and sustainable development", the Fifth African Union - European Union (AU-EU) Summit scheduled for 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, commenced today with a pre-summit Senior Officials meeting attended by Ambassadors of the African Union Member States, high officials from the AU Commission and representatives from the European Union Member States.

Since the adoption of the joint Africa-EU Strategy in Lisbon ten years ago, the AU-EU Summit comes at an opportune moment to strengthen the political and economic ties between the two regions. The Summit will provide a platform for both parties to take stock of the achievements and challenges arising from the implementation of the priority areas stipulated in the Joint Strategic Partnership.

In his welcome remarks, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire to the European Union, H.E Abou Dosso, expressed the gratitude of President Alassane Ouattara and the people of Cote d’Ivoire to the African Union for organising the summit in Abidjan. He   said his country and Africa are proud to host the AU-EU summit which will strengthen the partnership between the two continents. He highlighted the importance of the summit in the development of the youth which is the AU theme for the year 2017.
The Representative of the European Union, Mr Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director Africa European External Action Service (EEAS) and Mr. Stefano Manservisi, European Commission’s Director General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) both underlined the importance of the summit to the AU and EU Member States who are expected to take concrete commitments to help face the socio-economic and political challenges for the best interest of their respective populations.

Addressing the Senior Officials on behalf of the AU Commission, H.E Alex Ratebaye, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the AUC Chairperson, congratulated the Government of Cote d’Ivoire for the logistics put in place to facilitate the holding of the AU-UE summit in Abidjan. He underscored the importance of the Senior Officials meeting saying that, it will help shape discussions on the various priory thematic issues during the summit, notably youths development, the fight against terrorism, good governance, and integration among others.  

The Chairperson of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) , H.E Mrs.  Sidibe Fatouma KABA, who is also the Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea in Ethiopia and the AU, recalled the historical ties between Africa and Europe which explains why both continents interested to improve the living conditions of its population within the context of the AU-EU Strategic Partnership. She noted that, in line with the African Union Theme for 2017, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth,” and given that 60% of the African population is under the age of 25, the 5th AU-EU summit will focus on matters related to enhancing the opportunities for youth and bring concrete answers to the various initiatives and programmes that are aimed at fostering youth development in both continents.
Other priorities of the Africa-EU partnership to be discussed during the summit include:
•         Peace and Security
•         Governance including democracy, human rights, migration and mobility
•         Investment and Trade
•         Skills Development
•         Job Creation

African Union Commission

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

January 2018

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Modest Prosperity 12 December 2017 A book review by K Bhana A seminar was hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Embassy of the PRC in South Africa to launch the second... <|> United Arab Emirates National Day 15 December 2017 The National Day of the United Arab Emirates, Al Yawm Al Watani, is celebrated on 2 December each year. It marks the UAE's Union Day between the... <|> 54th Jamhuri Day Celebrations 15 December 2017 HE Jean N. Kamau, High Commissioner of Kenya to South Africa, hosted the 54th Jamhuri day Celebrations in Pretoria on 7 December 2017. The... <|>   Media and Advertising 14 February 2018 We took a peep into the future of advertising this February when RTAd Ltd, part of Iocono Holdings from London, became Global Media Innovator, GMI... <|> SA eyes World Science Forum 14 December 2017 South Africa has thrown its hat into the ring to host the World Science Forum in 2021. Initially held only in Hungary, central Europe, this biennial... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> <|> 26th Independence Anniversary of Kazakhstan 15 December 2017 21 journalists from 15 countries were invited for an eight day whirlwind tour of three major cities of Kazakhstan, in the heart of... <|> <|> SA Agulhas II sets sail for the 57th Antarctica expedition 15 December 2017 Not long after the SA Agulhas II set off on the International Indian Ocean Expedition, the vessel has once again left the... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.