The first day of the 5th African Union – European Union summit ended in Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital, on a string of promises for African youth, on the agenda of the summit under the theme: “Investing in the youth for a sustainable future “.
At the heart of this summit, the future of youth has been the focal point of all interventions. Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian head of state was no exception at his address. Host of this major meeting between the two continents, he encouraged “necessary investments for education and training of Africans”.
In the same vein, Guinea’s President Alpha Condé, who is also the current President of the African Union, calls for better access to the labor market for African youth. One of the issues, he argues, is the development of the rural sector, which is not only a source of income, but also of jobs.
The question of the training and employability of young people is all the more important as it is considered as a key factor in stopping illegal immigration which is killing thousands of people on the continent. A phenomenon further highlighted by the scandal of migrants enslaved in Libya, revealed a few weeks ago.
Without a heavy investment to promote the intellectual, athletic and cultural development of youth, Africa and Europe have no future.
In this regard, President Ouattara believes that it is imperative to resolve the crisis in Libya in order to put an end to this practice. For the UN Secretary General , Antonio Guterres, it would be necessary to “create significant opportunities for legal migration to stop what is happening in the Mediterranean”.
In Europe, plans are also under way to make available to Africa an external fund of 44 billion euros by 2020. This fund will be used for the realization of projects for which African leaders will define the outlines.
A clarification made by Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council who advocates an equal partnership between Africa and Europe.
For African and European youth, we should now go beyond rhetoric and take action. Representatives of young people from Africa and Europe reiterated at the summit forum where they called on their leaders to “take concrete action for young people” for the rest “prevent them from blowing the road of immigration “.
An order of ideas to which the president of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki, adheres. The latter recommended operational plans for the immediate implementation of all the promises made. “Without a heavy investment to promote the intellectual, athletic and cultural development of youth, Africa and Europe have no future,” he added.
The 5th AU-EU Summit will continue this Thursday with, in particular, sessions devoted to the African Union and Europe’s cooperation on governance.