EU-Africa Summit Underway

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European Union and Africa are to shortly commence their fourth summit aimed at developing human capital through education and training, and creation of additional incentives for investment and job opportunities.

The EU-Africa Summit will begins on April 2 to 3 2014 in Brussels under the theme, “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace,” and building on the spirit of their 2007 joint strategy, European Union and Africa will discuss as equal partners how to deepen cooperation under these three areas.      

The two continental groups are jointly committed to fostering human capital through education and training, creating incentives for investment, and finding ways of stimulating growth that will create jobs in particular for young people. 

They also work closely together for peace and security, which are prerequisites for prosperity and growth.

The European Union will be represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. The summit will bring together the Heads of State and Government of the European Union and the African continent, together with the leaders of the EU and African Union institutions. A range of high-ranking international observers will also be associated.

"Both Africa and the European Union will come together to address the challenges that each of our continent faces and the ones that face the world as a whole. The theme we have chosen addresses the everyday concerns of our citizens– their safety and security, their job prospects, and their future as families and individuals. I am looking forward to a summit that will further reinforce our partnership and contribute to improve the quality of hope of

our population ", said President Van Rompuy.

President Barroso ahead of the meeting said: "Fulfilling the vision set out in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the summit will deepen our partnership of equals and seize further cooperation opportunities by expanding political, economic, investment and trade ties. This includes the pursuit of durable and sustainable economic growth generating jobs for all our citizens".

The summit between Africa and EU is very significant to Africa especially as EU is one great partner that provides funds for development in Africa.

Of recent EU promised to commit billions of Euros for development in Africa.  The amount will impact various development initiatives in Africa including trade, investment, combating of drug trafficking, amongst others.

While this summit goes on, Africans expect EU to come out with promises of committing funds to those areas of concern for the two-day summit in Brussels.

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