African and European Heads of State, are gathering today for the 5th African Union - European Union Summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

Under the central theme “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the President of the African Union and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission are in attendance.

Africa-EU Partnership

The two-day Summit held every three years in either Africa or Europe, take stock of the progress made in the implementation of commitments and provide political guidance for further work.

“Taking stock of the progress made since the Brussels Summit in 2014, African and European Leaders will be given the opportunity to provide political guidance in order to jointly address current and future challenges and to deepen their strategic partnership, launched in 2007 with the adoption of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy,” the Africa-EU Partnership said.

In addition, the leaders will discuss the future of AU-EU relations, and focus on investing in youth.

This is a key priority for the AU and the EU as 60% of the African population is under the age of 25,  the Africa-EU Partnership explained in a statement.

Priority discussions

The Summit will cover topics including, Peace and security; Governance including democracy, human rights, migration and mobility; Investment and trade; Skills development; and Job creation.

 

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