AU-EU summit: Leaders agree on a new strategic partnership

 30/11/2017At the end of day-one of their discussion in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire, it was abundantly clear that Europe and Africa are resolved to begin a new page by maintaining a strategic relationship between.

All who took the floor, from the welcome speech delivered by host President Alassane Ouattara to The UN SG Antonio Guterres,

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk,

The AU Commision President Moussa Faki Mahamat,

The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker,

The Pan-african Parliament President, Roger Nkodo Dang

The Pan-african Youth Movement President, Francine Muyumba

The need for a new win-win alliance between the two continents resonated.

The speakers all agreed that the two continents presently dependent on each other, they resolved to maintain this dependence in a more efficient manner.

Based on the fact that 60% of Africa’s population is less than 25 year, the leaders of the two communities agreed on this new partnership on the youth.

Alassane Ouattara went even further to propose that the European Development Fund be used for training and job creation rather than infrastructure as it obtains today.

Most of the proposals were in consonance with President Paul Biya’s internal policy prescription; He who has placed emphasis on youth training, financing and self-employment.

Discussing Terrorism, the leaders of the two communities agreed to form a common front in the fight against this phenomenon that has spared no continent.

Pamela Bidjocka 

 

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