“It is time to change the way we talk and think about Africa and, more than that, to change how we behave towards Africa.” This was the message conveyed by Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo during the informal meeting of EU Development Ministers.
During the meeting, Minister Bartolo underlined the need to build a stronger and equal partnership with Africa and to also cooperate on the top priorities set by African themselves.
The EU Development Ministerial debate focused on how the EU can best partner with Africa in a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministers agreed on the need for a strong EU-Africa partnership and the need for joint ambitious and concrete initiatives. In this regard, Minister Bartolo reiterated the need to work with SMEs and micro-enterprises by sharing skills and knowledge to create wealth and jobs in Africa.
Ministers also discussed the state of play of the negotiation process between the EU and Africa on the Post-Cotonou agreement which will define the relationship with Europe’s neighbouring continent for the next two decades.