African states and the European Union (EU) are expected to discuss the next Africa-EU strategy in the coming months. The African Union (AU), through the appointment of the AU High Representative on the future of AU-EU Relations, started preparing for the negotiations in 2018. The AU, regional economic communities and respective member states must now ensure that the continent’s priorities are properly reflected.
A new ISS report that explores opportunities for a mutually beneficial partnership rooted in common principles was just launched and informed discussions.
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head of Special Projects at the ISS, chaired a crucial conversation between leading expert speakers from both continents. Amongst them were:
- Amb. Salah Hammad, Head of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat, Department of Political Affairs, AUC
- Patrick Dupont, Head of Political, Press and Information, EU's delegation to the AU
- Hafsa Maalim, Policy Analyst, AU
- Geert Laporte, Deputy Director, ECDPM
- Tsion Tadesse Abebe, Senior Researcher, ISS
Their contribtions were followed by a Q & A session.
The new report just published with HSF support is titled "Relations between Africa and Europe: mapping Africa’s priorities". This is its introduction:
"Negotiations around a new Africa-European Union (EU) strategy are expected to culminate in its adoption at a summit in October 2020. African negotiators should ensure that the continent’s priorities are integrated into the strategy. These include poverty reduction, health, digital access, small and medium enterprises, remittances, transport infrastructure, and the blue economy. More emphasis could also be given to Illicit financial flows, the brain drain and debt cancellation."
Read the report here.
A recording of the event has been made available - you can watch it here.