EU wants to strengthen regional integration in Africa
1 December 2010
The third Africa-EU summit began Monday last in Tripoli, Libya. The president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, declared during the opening ceremony that the EU was determined to help African economies to realize their economic integration and their commercial development.
"These are powerful catalysts for peace, stability, growth, employment and prosperity", he declared, in a quote by the Xinhua press agency.
"Regional integration is an essential vector for economic growth and that holds true both in Europe and in Africa", he added.
The EU-Africa summit, which will last two days, brings together leaders from the EU and from Africa iin order to strengthen their cooperation and adopt a plan of action which, according to the organizers, should place the emphasis on the importance of a more dynamic private sector.
The participants will also renew their commitments in a number of domains, in particular the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in Africa by 2015.