European and African leaders met for the first time since 2017 at the 6th AU-EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium.

The two-day summit (17 February to 18 February) has been centered on mending disparities between both continents over a host of issues in recent months.

The President Of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had called on the European Union to help Strengthen Democracy and Good Governance in Africa. He also called for stronger support from the European Union in condemning and imposing weighty sanctions on countries that engaged in unconstitutional change of government

Amongst other major discusses are the increased rate of illegal migration from Africa, Covid-19 vaccine supply disputes, the surge in coups on the African front, and the recent growth of Russian presence in Africa.

Whilst speaking on the two-day gathering, Senegal’s President Macky Sall—currently chairing the African Union—touched on the importance of an active relationship between both continents.

“Our common ambition, Africans and Europeans, for this summit, is to achieve a renewed, modernized and more action-oriented partnership,” he said.

Meanwhile the EU President – Emmanuel Macron of France, expressed his hopes of leveraging on the summit to build stable ties by forging an “economic and financial New Deal with Africa”.

The EU also stated its ambitions to mobilise €150 billion from public and private funds by starting an investment initiative. This will be aimed at countering China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

On the long run, it will be an investment blueprint worth $300 billion; and will be the beginning of EU’s Global Gateway scheme.

From the African leaders perspective, a resolve was reached to urge the members of EU to permit allocation of billions of dollars from International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Africa; aimed at providing extended aid to its people.

The rise in Russian mercenaries in Africa will also be addressed during the meeting amidst recent fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Also, the damning wave of military coups in Africa looked at by the gathering. However, the four countries hit by such coups—Guinea, Mali, Sudan, and recently Burkina Faso— have not been represented in Brussels.

On the recent departure of Western Forces from Mali, EU Foreign Policy Chief – Joseph Borrell stated that the bloc was weighing up the military training mission in Mali and what the future holds.

There are also talks of disapproval of the absence of uniformity in distributing coronavirus vaccines worldwide that has left Africa on the thresholds.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the West for the poor supply of vaccines to Africa, after the EU rejected a temporary patent waiver push. It was earlier considered to permit the manufacture of vaccines generically.

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