EU imports from Africa increased by 46 per cent

08 May 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) - The European Union (EU) on Thursday commemorated Europe Day.
The day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe which is observed on 09 May every year. It also celebrates the continent’s achievements in promoting democracy, human rights, peace, economic cooperation and prosperity across the world, a media statement issued by the EU delegation to Namibia on Thursday said.
According to the statement, on 09 May 1950 Robert Schuman, the then Foreign Minister of France, called for the unification of Europe to make war on the continent impossible and spread peace and prosperity globally.
“Today, the EU has become a truly global player, able to promote its values and interests around the world. Recent events in Ukraine and other places show that we cannot take values such as democratic governance and personal freedoms for granted. Democracy is constant work in progress and we share a responsibility to safeguard and nurture it,” the statement read.
It further mentioned that the day is being celebrated in the weeks leading up to the elections of the European Parliament, which take place from 22 to 25 May 2014.
It will be the eighth Europe-wide election to the European Parliament since the first direct elections in 1979.
The EU is an economic and political union of 28 member states.
Moving to Africa-EU relations, the statement indicated that trade between the two continents continues to grow, adding that between 2007 and 2013, EU imports from Africa increased by 46 per cent.
In the same period, the EU and its member states also disbursed closed to 141 billion euros (about N.dollars 2 trillion) in aid to support Africa’s development.