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 oversees 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 sub regional organizations.