13 Jan 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JAN (NAMPA) The Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for the Horn of Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, Koen Vervaeke is scheduled to visit Namibia this week.
Vervaeke will be in Namibia on Thursday and Friday to deliver an invitation to the EU-Africa Summit to President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
He is also expected to meet with senior Government officials including Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein and Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, as well as representatives of various civil society organisations and representatives of key economic sectors such as the agriculture and mining sectors.
A media statement released by the press and information officer of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia, Susan-Marie Lewis on Monday said the summit is scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium on 02 and 03 April this year.
According to the statement, the upcoming EU summit will provide an opportunity for renewed momentum of the continental partnership, and for discussions which will be focused on precursors of growth and enablers for job growth.
The summit will be held under the theme Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.
Ways of improving the investment and business climate in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region and to raise the profile of doing business in Africa will also be discussed at the summit.
The statement quoted José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission as saying in an increasingly interdependent world, Africa and Europe's future are closely interlinked.
The European Union and the African Union must work together not just to provide security, but to improve the day-to-day lives of all citizens, he said.
The statement further said the strategic partnership between Africa and the EU aims to pursue common objectives, as well as to expand the political dialogue and concrete operation into new areas of shared interest.
A total of 80 Heads of State and Government from Africa and Europe adopted the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal in 2007.
Both sides agreed to pursue common interests and strategic objectives.
The JAES outlines a long-term shared vision of the future of Africa-EU relations in a globalised world.