The announcement of the French army’s withdrawal from Mali did not bother much on the first day of the African Union-EU summit. European and African leaders began the summit in Brussels with the aim of addressing common challenges.
Après une courte réunion des Vingt-Sept consacrée aux tensions autour de l’Ukraine, 40 des 55 dirigeants membres de l’Union africaine (UA) ont retrouvé leurs homologues de l’UE pour définir un nouveau partenariat fondé change suret ” to share”.
A joint declaration will be adopted during the summit, and will be accompanied by a list of concrete projects.
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Following the announcement of the French decision to leave Mali, the European Union intends to verify “within a few days” that conditions and guarantees have been met to maintain in Mali the Military Training Missions (EUTM) and the Police (EUCAP) missions. Head of European Diplomacy Josep Borrell.
He stressed that the instability in the African continent is also fueled by the “new actors”, the Chinese and the Russians, “whose methods and agendas are very different from ours and ours.”
Fighting the Covid-19 pandemic is another priority. Only 11% of the African continent’s population is fully immunized.
The European Union has donated 150 million vaccines to Africa and will continue this effort. It will also support the establishment of vaccine production centers in Senegal, Rwanda, Ghana and South Africa.
The Europeans also want to review their financial support: a global investment strategy awarded with €150 billion is planned over seven years to “help needed projects that Africans are implementing to transform their economies”. Climate and energy are also priorities.
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Wendy Bashi attended the opening of the summit for DW. Click on the image above to hear its details.
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