4th February 2023
  • 9:11 pm Through the Eyes of Ides Ofune – Women Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Motherhood and Higher Education
  • 11:32 am Meet the 2022 shortlisted authors for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.
  • 5:13 am 6 African startups among World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2022 cohort
  • 1:01 pm Canadian Based NGO GoldenKes Foundation holds First Empowerment Program in Nigeria 
  • 5:38 am Meet the 6 Africans shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
  • 7:49 am Facebook invests in fibre optic cables to improve internet access in Edo State

The sixth summit of European Union and African union kicks off today at Brussels. The summit is expected to run for two days, 17-18 February, 2022. It has been five years after the last one was held in 2017 in Abidjan, and eight years after the last summit in Brussels in 2014. 

   The summit motto is “Africa and Europe: A joint vision for 2030”. The aim of the meeting is to build a new partnership, and also cement the principles for future partnerships between the two continents. Moreso, the partnership will be for the ‘mutual respect, respect of African sovereignty, solidarity, security, sustainability, transparency and multilateralism’.  It will also expedite recovery beyond the pandemic to promote prosperity and sustainable growth in Africa and Europe. The meeting will also promote an ambitious large-scale investment package in Africa. 

    Furthermore, the EU and AU heads of state and government will participate in seven thematic roundtables across two sessions. However, they will not be using the traditional plenary sessions. Discussion topics will include financing for sustainable and inclusive growth, climate change, energy transition, peace and security. The second session will focus on key areas including education, culture, health systems, vaccine production and agriculture.

  The EU-AU summit will be hosted by Charles Michel, the President of the European Council. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the rotating presidency, Emmanuel Macron will also be representing the European Union. Joseph Borell, the EU high representative is also expected to be present. African leaders are also expected at the summit, including the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

   The EU heads of state government will also take part in a one-hour informal meeting to discuss the latest developments related to Russia and Ukraine.

Ruth Torty

Ruth Torty is a biochemist, and freelance science writer. She writes to shed light on health issues, rare diseases and science research in Nigeria. She is also a creative writer and has published on different literary sites including Spillwords and Nnoko Stories. She is passionate about genomics and its role in healthcare.