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4th ESA-EC ministerial meeting: conclusions
First Action Plan (2008-2009)1 for the implementation of the Africa-EU strategic partnership
October 2007
Comesa


Introduction

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy identifies strategic priorities in the area of peace and security, democratic governance and human rights, trade and regional integration and other key development issues. To implement the commitments made in the Joint Strategy, the EU and Africa will address and advance all identified objectives on all the strategic priorities, with a wider view of supporting African countries in their efforts to attain all Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015.

However, to reach early results on the key deliverables of the Lisbon Declaration, special attention will be devoted to a number of selected priority actions in the initial period 2008- 2009, all of which have a positive impact on the daily lives of the citizens of Africa and Europe. The Parties agree to implement these selected priority actions in the context of specific 'Africa-EU Partnerships' on subjects of common interest, which add value to existing cooperation and political dialogue. The Partnerships will focus in particular on actions at the global, continental or regional level, with a clear comparative advantage as compared to cooperation at the national level, where the participating actors have a collective capacity to deliver. In addition, other agreed initiatives and partnerships will continue to be implemented. In this context, the development of infrastructure as a cross-cutting priority, and the implementation of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Partnership launched in Addis Ababa on 24 October 2007, are of particular relevance.

The Partnerships will work under the political guidance and responsibility of the existing Africa-EU Ministerial Troika, where appropriate with inputs from sector-specific ministerial Troikas. Partners also agree to take the necessary steps in the initial period 2008-2009 to establish and implement the institutional framework. The monitoring of progress will take place in the framework of the Joint EU-AU Task Force, who will report to their respective constituencies.

The Partnerships are to be seen as political relations between interested partners who have organised themselves on a voluntary basis around a shared vision with the intention of launching concrete activities. Their actors and duration will vary, in function of the objectives of the cooperation.

Each of these 'Africa-EU Partnerships' are open for a wide range of actors, which could include the European and AU Commissions, EU and AU Ministerial Councils, the EU Council Secretariat, EU Member States and African States, EU and African Parliaments, local and decentralised authorities, EU and African civil society actors, African sub-regional organisations, research institutions, international organisations or institutions and the private sector.

The actions under each of these 'EU Africa Partnerships' will be financed out of existing or new financial resources, which could include, where appropriate, the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and its facilities and trust funds, the relevant EU budgetary instruments (European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument-ENPI, Development Cooperation Instrument-DCI) and the geographical and thematic programmes deriving from these, bilateral contributions from both African or EU States, contributions from interested third states, international financing institutions, international organisations and civil society groups as well as private sector investments.


Footnote:
  1. The duration of this Action Plan might vary, depending on the timing of the next Africa-EU Summit.

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