AU and EU Leaders Stress the Importance of Partnerships in the Fight against Covid-19

A successful ministerial meeting between the African Union and the European Union demonstrates the two parties’ conviction and determination to put an end to Covid-19, which has destroyed every aspect of our lives and reversed some of humanity’s progress. 

Monique Nsanzabaganwa, the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, made the statements while speaking to the summit’s roughly 500 participants in Kigali. 

According to Nsanzabagabwa, the world has altered swiftly since the emergence of the Covid-19 epidemic, with far-reaching repercussions that governments are still attempting to understand. 

Nsanzabagabwa emphasises the importance of their collaboration with the European Union for our continent’s development trajectory, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

She stated that Africa would require all required assistance from its closest partners and allies in order to recover and rebuild after the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Africa is equally eager to contribute to the development of a more sustainable route to prosperity for all. 

Nsanzabaganwa reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment, stating that it will continue to ensure that the existing relationship is based on the values of equality, respect, and mutual benefit, among other things. 

Europe and Africa, according to Rita Laranjinha, Managing Director of the European External Action Services, need to work even closer together for the future of both continents. 

The ministerial meeting, which is slated for Tuesday, is an essential step toward next year’s EU-AU summit, which will be held in Brussels early next week, according to Laranjinha. 

Clementine Mukeka, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that it is an opportunity for Rwanda to reconfirm commitments, strengthen existing cooperation, and explore new areas of cooperation in her remarks. 

The second AU-EU ministerial meeting is the consequence of a resolution made by Heads of State and Government at the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan in 2017. 

The decision called for both sides to meet on a regular basis at the Ministerial level to assess how the Summit’s outcomes are being implemented and to assess how far cooperation has progressed. 

Since that time, both sides have met in Brussels for the first AU-EU Ministerial Meeting in 2019, and now in Rwanda for the second. 

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