EU sets out proposal to develop stronger ties with Africa

TMP – 31/05/2017

The European Commission plans to build a stronger strategic partnership between Europe and Africa to address pertinent issues including; migration, job creation, peace and security.

The new combined action comes ahead of the Africa-EU Summit in November this year which will focus on African youth.

The EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini said: “A strong Africa matters to Europe; our friendship matters to our people. Only by joining forces and working in partnership can we provide our youth with a more hopeful and peaceful future. Today, we don’t simply look at what we can do for Africa but what we can do with Africa, together.”

Neven Mimica, Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, added: “We propose several ideas and concrete measures on how to translate our priorities for the years to come into action, notably to foster growth and to create more jobs, especially for our youth.”

The proposals focus on creating sustainable and inclusive economic development in Africa in order to create more jobs that the continent needs, particularly for young people. This includes launching a Digital4Development scheme which aims to improve technologies in developing countries.