Commissioner Urpilainen travels to Ethiopia, Rwanda and Sudan to reaffirm the EU’s strong partnership with Africa

Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, will travel to Ethiopia, Rwanda and Sudan from Sunday, 24 October to Wednesday, 27 October to convey the EU’s strong commitment to peace in the Horn and our strong partnership with Africa, in line with the Joint Communication ‘Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa’ of 9 March 2020. Commissioner Urpilainen said: “During my mission, I look forward to engaging in open dialogue with different African stakeholders on the renewed Africa-EU Partnership and to address the complex situation in the Horn of Africa. As we continue to wage the battle against a virus and lay the ground for a sustainable recover, now more than ever, we need each other. Team Europe has led a €46 billion global COVID-19 response in support of partners, including in Africa. Together, we are exploring how to build up local manufacturing and production capacity in Africa. For this to be successful, we need solid international partnerships and joint priorities. The mission will be an opportunity to strengthen the ways we, Africa and Europe, can come closer, and ‘building back better’.” On Monday, Commissioner Urpilainen will be in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Annette Weber. She will meet Ethiopia’s President, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Minister of Finance Shide On Tuesday, the Commissioner will participate in the African Union-European Union ministerial meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, in preparation of the EU-AU Summit. She will also meet key partners for the development of local vaccine manufacturing, in line with the announced Team Europe Initiative, as well as representatives from youth and women’s organisations. On Wednesday, in Khartoum, Sudan, she will meet the transition leadership and launch the EU-Sudan Political Dialogue. Commissioner will reiterate the EU’s support for the civilian-led transition in Sudan, and call on all parties to work for an inclusive and peaceful resolution of outstanding challenges

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