The African and European heads of state and government will gather in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for the 5th African Union-European Union Summit from Nov. 29-30 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
This year’s theme is “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”. President Emmanuel Macron of France and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to participate.
The summit however has pushed a planned retreat for East African heads of state that was scheduled November 29 in Uganda.
The regional Heads of States Retreat is unlikely to take place, even as the in-tray of matters that the leaders need to address to bring integration back on track overflows.
While opening the Mutukula one-stop border post between Uganda and Tanzania, Presidents Yoweri Museveni and John Magufuli said that the Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development may not take place as it coincides with the 5th African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan, scheduled for November 29-30.
The EU-Africa summits of heads of states and governments take place every three years alternately in Africa and Europe, to review the progress made in the implementation of commitments, and provide political guidance for further work.
The East African Community being a major trade partner with the EU, cannot miss the meeting, especially since the region still has pending issues on the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU — a key topic at the presidential retreat.