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New directions for the Europe-Africa-Benin partnership

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Friday, 12 October 2018

New directions for the Europe-Africa-Benin partnership

On Thursday 4 October, after presenting his credentials, the head of the European Union Delegation in Benin, Ambassador Oliver Nette, invited journalists to a lunch at his residence. It was an opportunity for him to discuss Europe’s new directions in its partnership with Africa, and Benin in particular, with members of the media. Europe has a new foreign policy, and Africa has an important role in this policy. This is why, having presented his credentials, the head of the European Union Delegation Oliver Nette met Beninese journalists to explain the new partnership with Africa. He stated that the new partnership was based on a new paradigm of equals, a more political relationship, between continents, with the objective of creating sustainable investments and jobs. Therefore, the focus is on shared interests such as support for private sector investment, security and multilateralism. He recalled that in terms of cooperation, the European Union already has significant budget support programmes in Benin. However, the EU wants to move beyond this traditional framework of cooperation to build a more political partnership, based on common interests. New tools will therefore be implemented in line with this objective. This is why proposals submitted by development banks are currently being analysed in Brussels. He said the initial proposals offered favourable perspectives for Benin, in particular in the sectors of energy, agriculture, urban development, and generally for SMEs and micro-credit. The commitment to strengthening the Africa-EU partnership sets out a series of key actions such as stimulating strategic investments and strengthening the role of the private sector, investing in people by investing in education and skills. It is also important to strengthen the business and trade environment, in order fully to exploit the potential of economic integration and trade.

Source: lanouvelletribune.info