Africans 'slowly taking interest in continental affairs' - ISS
The third edition of “European and African Meetings” kicked off Monday night in Dakar under the theme: “Regional Union – a driver for inclusive growth in West Africa,” APA can report.”This event is held under the sponsorship of the Prime Minister of Senegal. It will be during the three days a platform for exchanges, meetings, and debates between the civil society actors in Europe and West Africa, as well as national and community institutions.
“This is with a view to building a dynamic, competitive and united Africa, and to rebuild relations with Europe,” Claude Fischer, director of Euro-African Meetings, announced.
She was speaking at the opening of the event co-organized with the Unit of Economic and Social Analysis (CAES) at the office of the Senegalese Prime Minister.
Questioned on the theme for this edition, Fischer said West Africa this year will experience the fastest growth on the continent.
“Estimated at 5% on average, the region is, however, marked by strong territorial inequalities and the existence of pockets of chronic poverty. That situation is a matter of concern for both policy-makers and peoples,” she said.
Mubarack Lô, the head of the CAES, said to achieve successful regional integration, the states must implement the decisions they make, and the people ought to take ownership of those decisions.
“Implementation must be at all levels. A product that leaves Burkina Faso for Senegal, for example, must be able to move smoothly into this country,” Lô added.Source: APA