The work took place under the principle adopted by the Heads of State at the Kigali Summit, in the sense that African countries must be the owners of their own destinies, and not compromise in any way solidarity with states in the Caribbean and Pacific.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has taken part in the work with a delegation led by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Bonifacio Mitogo Bindang, and the Vice-Minister for Trade and the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Businesses, Domingo Mba Esono.
Among other questions they debated the need to strengthen the common African position in the new cooperation agreement with the European Union. The work, overseen by the President of the African Union Commission, Mussa Faki Mahamad, and the President of the Executive Council, Luisa Mosiwabo, has highlighted the fact that the end of the Cotonou Agreement in 2020 provides us with an opportunity to make progress on a new cooperation agreement which contains elements on the economic promotion and transformation of Africa, via industrialisation, economic development, science, technology and innovation, respect for human rights, peace, security and good governance.
The common African position demands that the agreement with the European Union post-2020 is not similar to any other sighed with countries on the development route. Africa needs a clear, efficient and effective agreement in order to define its relations with the EU, in which the AU will be the sole party responsible for its management and financing, and will be in charge of supervision, without any external intervention.
The new agreement between the continents will strengthen the political position of African in negotiating a type of different agreement on important issues, a paradigm shift for an even more solid and mutually beneficial association, in a spirit of shared priorities, mutual responsibility, and transparency.
This paradigm shift should guide a new association which will back the efforts of Africa to consolidate its own achievements towards regional integration, and will allow the continent to take decisions on its own affairs, The new cooperation between the African Union and the European Union will not be measured in terms of the funds received in aid, but rather in terms of the role of the EU in supporting the continent in its efforts to reach the goals set out in Agenda 2063.
The alliance between the AU and the EU is not aimed at weakening the solidarity which exists with the Caribbean and the Pacific. The commission will accelerate negotiations and South-South Cooperation with the two regions.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office