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The 5th African Union-European Union Summit in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire

The 5th African Union-European Union Summit in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire

29.11.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Lukáš Parízek, is accompanying Slovakia’s Prime Minister, Robert Fico, at the 5th African Union-European Union Summit that is taking place in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, on 29-30 November 2017.
 

The main theme at the Abidjan summit is youth and its future on the African continent. Peace and security, investment and job creation, public administration, education and migration will be the key topics of the discussions by top officials from African countries and European Union member states during the next two days.
 

The outcome from the Summit will be adoption of a political declaration at the top political level by the participating countries as well as signing a Memorandum of Understanding in the area of peace and security that will create the missing formal framework agreement between the African Union and the EU.
 

The future of Africa depends on economic and social development of the continent. A poor economic environment, low investment levels, a shortage of job opportunities and the absence of social safeguards are often the causes of migration by young people who, seeking to get to Europe, risk their lives.                                               
 

In his address Prime Minister Fico will announce Slovakia’s commitment to earmark € 1 million for the Trust Fund for Africa. In that way the Slovak Republic will actively contribute to one of the EU’s most important instruments for economic support and political stabilization of African countries that can ameliorate the decision to leave one’s country in search of a better life in the developed western world.