Relations between Africa and Europe: mapping Africa’s priorities

At the upcoming summit, African negotiators should ensure the continent’s priorities are reflected in the new Africa-EU strategy.

Negotiations around a new Africa-European Union (EU) strategy are expected to culminate in its adoption at a summit in October 2020. African negotiators should ensure that the continent’s priorities are integrated into the strategy. These include poverty reduction, health, digital access, small and medium enterprises, remittances, transport infrastructure, and the blue economy. More emphasis could also be given to Illicit financial flows, the brain drain and debt cancellation.

About the authors

Tsion Tadesse Abebe is a Senior Researcher in the Migration Programme at the Institute for Security Studies. Her research focuses on migration, forced displacement, peace and security.

Hafsa Maalim is a Policy Analyst at the African Union Peace and Security Department.

Picture: Amelia Broodryk/ISS

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This report is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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