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Nov 29

5th African Union – Europe Union Summit

5th African Union – Europe Union Summit

Event Overview

The 5th Africa Union-European Union will be held on 29-30 November in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The Summits of Heads of States and Governments take place traditionally 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. 

During the African Union summit held July 10th-18th 2016 in Kigali (Rwanda), Cote d’Ivoire was selected to host the 5th African Union – European Union summit in 2017. Renamed the 5th African Union – Europe Union Summit and held in alternation between both continents, the summit serves as a platform for dialogue between African and European nations with the aim of fostering strong relations between them.

This Summit, the third of its kind to be held on the African continent and the first to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa, is a testament to Cote d’Ivoire’s resurgence and a mark of trust from the international community in the Ivorian authorities.

It is important to note that the issues addressed at this summit are of equal importance to both Africa and Europe. Just as in the past, this summit will focus on the challenges that affect both continents, such as peace and security, and on their common interests, notably sustainable and inclusive development that creates youth employment opportunities.

The participants will also discuss the progress of the 2014 – 2017 action plan adopted during the last summit in Brussels and outline the next steps to take in order to concretize the joint AU – EU strategy with regards to the issues faced by both continents. Though Africa broadens its economic relations with other continents, the EU still remains its primary trading partner. The EU is also the leading overseas aid donor towards African development initiatives.

Approximately 5302 participants are slated to attend 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 subregional organizations.

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
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Organisers

  • EABF

    The EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) is an integral part of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). Its main objective is bringing the views of business to European and African leaders together on critical issues pertaining to both continents' relations. The Africa-EU Strategic Partnership is the formal channel through which the European Union and the African continent work together. It is based on the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy adopted by Heads of State and Government at the second EU-Africa Summit in 2007. The current Roadmap 2014-2017 sets out concrete targets within 5 priority areas of cooperation agreed at the 4th EU-Africa Summit in 2014.

  • EU

    The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The European Union has seven institutions: the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the European Court of Auditors. The EU values are common to the member countries in a society in which inclusion, tolerance, justice, solidarity and non-discrimination prevail. These goals and values form the basis of the EU and are laid out in the Lisbon Treaty and the EU Charter of fundamental rights. The goals of the European Union are: promote peace, its values and the well-being of its citizens; offer freedom, security and justice without internal borders; sustainable development based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive market economy with full employment and social progress, and environmental protection; combat social exclusion and discrimination; promote scientific and technological progress; enhance economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity among member countries; respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity; establish an economic and monetary union whose currency is the euro.

  • AU

    The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” This vision of a new, forward-looking, dynamic and integrated Africa will be fully realized through relentless struggle on several fronts and as a long-term endeavour. The African Union has shifted focus from supporting liberation movements in the erstwhile African territories under colonialism and apartheid, as envisaged by the OAU since 1963 and the Constitutive Act, to an organization spear-heading Africa’s development and integration.

  • 5th AU – EU summit

    The African Union – Europe Union Summit, held in alternation between Africa and the EU, serves as a platform for dialogue between African and European nations with the aim of fostering strong relations between them. This Summit, the third of its kind to be held on the African continent and the first to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa, is a testament to Cote d’Ivoire’s resurgence and a mark of trust from the international community in the Ivorian authorities. It is important to note that the issues addressed at this summit are of equal importance to both Africa and Europe. This summit will focused on the challenges that affect both continents, such as peace and security, and on their common interests, notably sustainable and inclusive development that creates youth employment opportunities.