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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

AGI takes a critical look at the Africa-EU partnership

The Africa Governance Institute (AGI) urges to break radically with the practice of having an agenda defined by the European Union (EU) and imposed to Africa. It claims that the two partners should instead consult each other to reach a common agenda, taking into account their respective priorities and interests.
AGI recently published a policy brief on ‘the issues of the Africa-Europe Summit on April 2014’ taking a critical look at the Africa-Europe partnership. It reported that although Africa has been enthusiastic about the new relationship paradigm expressed in the 2007 Joint Africa- EU Strategy (JAES), Europe has not yet created new conditions to see Africa as an equal, as opposed to a dependent.
In 2007, the two continents agreed upon the JAES to open up an attitude change: a new political partnership between equal trade partners would replace the prior relation mainly based on aid dependence. AIG advices Africa to postpone the next meeting with the EU after the next European election in 2014, when the new European Commission will have been appointed, to re-evaluate the partnership agreements between EU and Africa.

Source: AGI