African and European Union leaders are discussing the future of their relations, with focus on investing in the youth of the two continents, on the theme: "Investing in youth for a sustainable future".
Only increased EU-Africa cooperation on education, employment and integration of youth can defuse the migration time bomb in preparation for the next decades, but the starting point is democracy, the president of the Hellenic-African Chamber told EURACTIV Greece in an interview.
Dozens of European and African leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Jacob Zuma, attended the summit, which takes place as Africa tries to tame high youth unemployment while Europe seeks relief from its migrant crisis and frequent terror attacks. Special attention will be paid to enhancing entrepreneurship of women and young people.
The Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) is a US-based independent non-profit organization whose principal mission is to inform and educate opinion makers, government officials, and interested publics in the United States about the US-Morocco bilateral relationship.
Kagame also highlighted "critically, our responsibility to mobilise resources to pay for important programs that benefit our people, while alleviating the burden on our partners", are urgently needed.
Signed in 2000, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) - EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou was concluded for a 20-year period. Leaders committed to deepen cooperation on migration and mobility in a joint framework, including a continental dialogue between Africa and Europe.
"The recent pictures we have seen of migrants in Libya are atrocious".
To focus efforts, the EU, African Union and United Nations also announced that they would set up a special task force to help protect migrants, notably those detained in conflict-torn Libya.
The Ivorian president has defended claims that not enough investment has been made in providing better prospects for young people, saying "Young people have the right to demand, both in Europe and in Africa, the opportunities to look forward to the future with serenity".
Having spent the week in Abidjan agonising over how to secure and repatriate would-be migrants held in Libya, African and European leaders now have an idea of the numbers they're dealing with.
In closing, the King expressed his hope for the outcomes from the Summit, noting, "I deeply believe that the Abidjan Summit will be a watershed moment in the African-European partnership, and that it will mark a qualitative leap towards greater stability, security and prosperity on both continents".
On the day before the Summit, Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Europe and Africa gathered in Abidjan for a Ministerial meeting, co-chaired by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini.