29-30 November 2017. Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The central theme for the Summit was ‘Youth’, which has become a key priority for Europe as well as Africa, in a context of African demographic trends creating major challenges for young people in terms of migration, security and employment.
EU-Africa Summits of Heads of States and Governments take place every three years alternatively in Africa and Europe. These Summits take stock of the progress made in the implementation of commitments made and provide political guidance for further work.
Approximately 5302 participants attended this meeting, 83 of which are Heads of States representing 55 African countries and 28 European countries, delegations from various partner countries, the African Union Commission, the European Union Commission, international organizations, and regional and sub regional organizations.
- Africa-EU Civil Society Forum (11-12 July)
- Africa-Europe Youth Summit (9-11 October)
- Africa-EU Economic and Social Actors Forum (16-17 November)
- EU-Africa Business Forum 2017 (27 November)
- Africa-EU Local Governments Forum (27 November)
- Parliamentary Summit (27-28 November)
At the summit, African and European leaders discussed the future of AU-EU relations, and focus on investing in youth. This is a key priority for the AU and the EU as 60% of the African population is under the age of 25.
Other priorities of the AU-EU partnership were equally discussed during the summit. These included:
- Peace and security
- Governance including democracy, human rights, migration and mobility
- Investment and trade
- Skills development
- Job creation
Macron répond aux questions des étudiants burkinabés à Ouagadougou
This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.