The Africa-EU Summit is scheduled to be held on 29 and 30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on the theme of “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth”. A pre-event will be organized by the Department of Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission, in collaboration with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) on 24 November 2017. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the existing frameworks of cooperation between Africa and EU e.g Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) as well as the future of the Africa–Europe relationship.
The JAES remains the strategic political reference of EU-Africa relations. Since its adoption in 2007 it was intended to provide the framework for ever deeper and broader cooperation between the EU and Africa well beyond the traditional domains of development cooperation and trade. The JAES aimed to take the Africa-EU Partnership to a new strategic level with a strengthened political dialogue and enhanced multidimensional and new cooperation partnership.
The political landscape in Africa and Europe and also globally, has changed radically since the last EU-Africa summit of 2014. Africa’s rapid economic rise has slowed down significantly due to a decrease in the global demand for raw materials. Large parts of Africa are still struggling with challenges such as inequality, underdevelopment, violent conflict, terrorism, bad governance, corruption and a very young job-seeking population. Europe, on the other hand, is still reeling from an economic crisis coupled with high unemployment rates in many member states, and widespread public discontent with the performance of the EU as a whole. In addition, the EU is also confronted with a political crisis which was triggered by increased migration into Europe, an issue that played – among others – a significant role in the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
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