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Friday, 31 May 2013

ECOWAS-EU political dialogue: food security and political stability

West African and European ministers reiterated their commitment to completing negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between ECOWAS and the EU, on the occasion of the last EU-ECOWAS political dialogue meeting, which was held on 16 May in Brussels. They pledged to redouble efforts to resolve their differences and reach an EPA that supports development and economic integration in West Africa.
Another topic was also the progress in the development of a West African strategy for the Sahel in line with the integrated UN strategy for the region to support this approach in order to combat terrorism and organised crime and promote good governance and community dialogue. The ECOWAS asked for a greater involvement form the part of the international community, especially from the part of the EU.
The development of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) - Sahel and West Africa was as well on the agenda, with participants pledging   to keep the Alliance high on the list of political and financial priorities, renewing their commitment to its rapid implementation.
The EU delegations talked in positive terms about relations between ECOWAS and the EU, saying that the partnership had become a landmark for co-operation between the EU and Africa, according to the final communiqué.

Source: West Africa Gateway