EU and Africa must cooperate together to meet the challenges we face

By Benjamin Steens

On the occasion of today’s launch of the position paper on EU-Africa relations, Renew Europe MEPs Samira Rafaela and Javier Nart presented the group’s priorities on this topic and debated the future of EU-Africa Relations during the online event with Maria Martin-Prat (Deputy Director of DG Trade), Acheikh Ibn Oumar (Minister for National Reconciliation and Dialogue of the Republic of Chad), Sandra Kramer (Director for EU-AU relations, West and East Africa, DG DEVCO, European Commission), Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh (Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel) and Pamela Coke-Hamilton (Executive Director of International Trade Center).

The webinar discussions on the EU-Africa relations were focused on the need to cooperate together in order to find solutions that would allow the African continent to promote the most inclusive society possible. To do so, there are many challenges that need to be addressed. Building resilience, ensuring women’s access to the economic and social sphere, investing more in Africa’s youth, supporting African SMEs to grow and keep up with technological and digital evolutions so that they can also meet the climate ambitions that lie ahead.

A conclusion that emanated from each intervention was that of the commitment of citizens. It is essential to collect the opinion of the African population and to start from their recommendations in order to establish strategies that meet their expectations. For it is only by consolidating the population through projects that directly impact them that we will be able to change the current situation.

Samira Rafaela MEP

Maria Martin-Prat, Deputy Director General DG Trade

Acheikh Ibn Oumar, Minister of National Reconciliation and Dialogue (Republic of Chad)

Sandra Kramer, Director DG INTPA

Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh, Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel.

Pamela Coke-Hamilton, executive director ITC:

Javier Nart MEP:

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