The year 2019 has begun with strides in the partnership between the African Union and the European Union, Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Richard Sezibera has noted in his opening remarks at the EU-AU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
"This Ministerial Meeting was conceived as one of the mechanisms meant to strengthen the cooperation between our two Unions in the spirit of a renewed Partnership of the Abidjan Declaration. Indeed, current global circumstances demand of us to think and to do things differently. That is why I fully support the Abidjan spirit and the dynamic it has so far created. We need to further reflect on the best way to finance the common actions already agreed." Minister Sezibera said.
Co-chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda, Dr Richard Sezibera, the first joint ministerial meeting took place on 21 and 22 January 2019 in Brussels, bringing together foreign ministers from both unions, as well as EU/AU commissioners.
It was meant to take stock of the implementation of the outcome of the 5th AU - EU Summit (Abidjan, 29-30 November 2017).
The foreign ministers of EU and AU discussed three main themes including political aspects (peace, security and governance); economic aspects (trade, investment, and economic integration) and multilateralism (strengthening cooperation in support of a rules-based global order).
The Abidjan Summit marked a mile stone in reshaping the partnership into an even stronger, mutually beneficial partnership better adapted to a rapidly evolving global context. Leaders at the summit adopted a joint declaration outlining common priorities for the EU-Africa partnership in four strategic areas including economic opportunities for youth, peace and security, mobility and migration cooperation on governance.
Read the full opening speech by Minister Dr Richard Sezibera here