Ambassadors of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EU) held their 9th joint consultative meeting on 25 October 2016.
The session was co-chaired by Walter Stevens, Permanent Chair of the EU PSC, and Catherine Muigai Mwangi (Kenya), Chairperson of the AU PSC for the month of October 2016
Discussions centred on crisis situations and threats to peace and stability, EU-AU cooperation on peace and security issues, and support to AU peace and security activities. Maritime security was also discussed. Migration, counter-terrorism, radicalisation and violent extremism were also on the menu.
The AU PSC is comprised of ambassadors from 15 African Union member states – Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. Its composition is renewed every two years.
Representatives of the African Union Commission, European Commission and of the European External Action Service were also present.
UK to support jobs, trade and economic development in Africa
Priti Patel, the United Kingdom International Development Secretary has pledged more help to create jobs, build livelihoods and support the poorest people in Africa to work their way out of poverty.
Setting out her vision for UK aid in the continent during a visit to Kenya, the new DFID boss announced new support to boost economic development.
Ms Patel set out the importance of generating productive jobs and sustainable livelihoods, opening up markets, stimulating economic growth and increasing business opportunities to “make the most of a young, vibrant working population.” Adding that support in tackling poverty and economic development tacklies migration and instability, “which is firmly in the UK’s interests.”
“This is a better alternative to “risking the dangerous journey to Europe or turning to extremism.” Oner £530 million was pledged , of which £35 million goes beyond meeting the basic needs of refugees – focusing on creating trading opportunities and sustainable livelihoods closer to home. This support benefits not only those who have been displaced by conflict and persecution but also host communities, encouraging greater integration and stability.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: “As we redefine our place in the world following the EU Referendum, it is vital that the UK deepens existing relationships with African countries and establishes new trade, investment and economic links that deliver in our national interests, by bringing new opportunities for British businesses and creating our trading partners of the future.”