World Bulletin / News Desk
The 4th European Union-Africa Summit has concluded Thursday with the release of a declaration and a roadmap set down for the 2014-2017 period.
"There is an enormous turnout and rich debate which test the vitality of our relationship and the importance we attribute to it," President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told a joint press conference following the two-day summit.
In the field of peace, Van Rompuy said the E.U. and the United Nations would continue to support Africa in close cooperation, and would allocate 750 million euros for the next three years.
He said the E.U. also hoped to mobilize up to 3 billion euros of investment, adding that Africa needs an agricultural revolution to achieve its transformation.
Describing migration as a key issue, Van Rompuy said they agreed on a five-point action plan on migration to prevent tragedies like the one that happened last October when a boat carrying migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Chairperson of the African Union Mohamed Walid Abdelaziz said that the summit focused on peace, prosperity and development, and that more connection was needed between the two continents.
"We need support and we need to introduce new technologies for the growth to be ensured in the African countries," he said, adding that development is impossible without security and stability.
At the press conference, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said that the E.U.-Africa cooperation was more indispensible than ever, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma said Africa and Europe both had things to give each other.
In the roadmap for the 2014-2017 period, the summit agreed on the implementation of a joint strategy which would focus on five priority areas including security, democracy, human rights, and global and emerging issues.
In the joint declaration, the leaders maintained that economies of the two continents should remain closely linked.
"It is time for a fundamental shift from aid to trade and investment as agents of growth, jobs and poverty reduction," the declaration said.
It also stressed on mutual efforts in fight against international terrorism, its related threats and transnational organised crime.
"We are committed to fight all forms of discrimination, racism and xenophobia, and all acts of intolerance on both continents," the leaders said.Last Mod: 04 Nisan 2014, 11:45