Europe-Africa Relations: Chami Calls for Co-Development Cooperation

Economic cooperation models between Europe and Africa should be rethought to evolve towards inclusive economic policies, promoting fairer trade, Chami said at the opening of the annual general assembly of the International Confederation of Alumni of the National School of Administration (ENA) and the National Institute of Public Service (INSP) of France.

Calling to “break with economic neocolonialism” and to make education and training a priority for the future of the African continent, CESE president noted that the geographical proximity between Europe and Africa has developed a rich common history, thus forging deep and lasting bonds that share universal values.

On the other hand, the “sticking points” on issues such as migration, climate displaced people and border management require increased attention, he argued, emphasizing in this context the importance of the inherent challenges to climate change which disproportionately affects African countries despite their low contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.

Organized on November 2- 4, the general assembly of the International Confederation of Alumni of ENA and INSP is an opportunity to bring together each year the associations of alumni of these institutions which currently number more than 11,000 senior executives and leaders from around a hundred countries around the world.

President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), Ahmed Réda Chami, called, here Friday, for an overhaul of the European vision vis-à-vis Africa based on cooperation that "promotes co-development rather than extractivism".
03 November 2023