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Seminar and Report Launch ahead of 6th AU-EU Summit
Africa - Europe Partnership

"A partnership for sustainable growth and jobs: How can the EU support Africa’s economic transformation?"

This was the title of a recent joint seminar of the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Institute for Security Studies.

image of continents:The important 6th EU-AU Summit takes place 17/18 February 2022

The important 6th EU-AU Summit takes place 17/18 February 2022


The third component of the EU-Africa Strategy of March 2020 proposes a new partnership for sustainable growth and jobs. At the 6th EU-African Union Summit on the 17th and 18th February 2022, the question of how the EU and Africa can further improve their economic cooperation will be crucial.

Africa is a vital partner for the EU, and vice versa. Future developments on the two continents, including in the economic sphere, will be closely intertwined. Working together within a partnership of equals is in the interest of both sides, entailing valuable opportunities, but of course also challenges.

At this recent joint event of the HSF and the ISS, the new study “Beyond aid – Making the EU strategy with Africa work for Africa”, was presented by its author Dr Len Ishmael (Former Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union; Former President of the African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels), shedding light on how to make the EU strategy with Africa mutually beneficial. 

You can read and download the study here:

Beyond Aid. Making the EU Strategy with Africa work for Africa

The study analyses key issues and outlines policy recommendations regarding the EU’s role in supporting the achievement of sustainable growth and job creation in Africa. 

Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head of the African Futures & Innovation Programme at the ISS, responded to Dr Ishmael and shared insights as to what could and should be done to improve economic growth and unlock the continent’s potential. 

Participants from both Africa and Europe discussed the findings and recommendations of the research report and its implications for policymakers with Dr Ishmael, Dr Cilliers, Markus Ferber, Member of the European Parliament and Coordinator of the EPP Group in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament, and Bertrand Soret, Advisor to MD Africa, European External Action Service, Brussels.

You can watch the presentation and discussions here:


At this joint seminar, Dr Len Ishmael presented her new research report “Beyond aid – Making the EU strategy with Africa work for Africa”. Participants from Africa and Europe discussed with her, Dr Cilliers (ISS), Markus Ferber, MEP (Chairperson of the HSF), and Bertrand Soret (EEAS) how the EU can support Africa’s economic transformation. (10 February, 2022)



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