Following Alassane Ouattara’s inauguration as head of state, Cote d’Ivoire has regained its favorable reputation. The AU – EU summit to be held in Abidjan next November is a testament to this.
OUATTARA SUCCESSFULLY LANDS AU–EU SUMMIT BID
Cote D’Ivoire was chosen to host the summit bringing together the African and European Union (AU-EU Summit) on November 29th-30th 2017. This challenging task will require the utmost attention and care. The country made its bid at the African Union summit in Kigali where the African and European nations were unanimously in its favor.
This win for Ivorian diplomacy also marks the first edition of the summit to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa. After Cairo (2000), Lisbon (2007), Tripoli (2010) and Brussels (2014), it is Abidjan’s turn to host this summit that aims to provide the institutional framework to discuss cooperation between African and European Union nations.
More than 60 African and European heads of States were present the last time the summit was held in Belgium. Topics discussed included peace and security, human rights, prosperity and the joint AU–EU strategy among others. Global warming and cross-border terrorism are also issues that may be of importance during the Abidjan summit. President Alassane Ouattara may chose to devote extra resources to ensure his guests receive a warm welcome. Cote d’Ivoire is sparing no effort in organizing this Summit as it is an opportunity for the Country to show its resurgence.
Observers are nevertheless calling on the Ivorian president to focus reconciliation efforts towards his people. This could certainly guarantee long lasting peace in the country, and his international efforts would then resonate more effectively domestically.