6th AU-EU Summit commit to boost continental economic integration

The 6th African Union-European Union Summit has been held in Brussels with the vision to consolidate a renewed Partnership for solidarity, security, peace and sustainable economic development and prosperity for citizens and for future generations of both AU and EU member states.

The two continental bodies agreed on enhanced access to the digital and data economy while boosting digital entrepreneurship and skills, sustainable growth and decent job creation by investing in the establishment of youth-owned businesses in Africa.

The summit also discussed transport facilitation and efficiency of connected transport networks through human development, notably through scaling up mobility and employability of students, young graduates and skilled workers.

Both the AU and the EU agreed to boost regional and continental economic integration, particularly through the African Continental Free Trade Area while acknowledging that existing trade agreements between the EU and some African countries have contributed to the strengthening and deepening of trade and economic development between the two continents. The two bodies agreed to work gradually towards the progressive and mutually beneficial integration of the respective continental markets.

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