President Tajani receives the President of Angola: we must strengthen EU action in Africa
"The EU must strengthen its action in Angola and, more in general, in Africa,’’ said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, following today’s meeting with the President of Angola, João Lourenço.
"In the next Multilateral Financial Framework - added Tajani – EUR 40 billion should be earmarked for a comprehensive Marshall Plan for Africa that helps mobilise overall investment worth EUR 500 billion in the next ten years on the continent."
According to Tajani, Angola is undergoing a democratic transition since the election of President Lourenço in 2017: ‘’The country is working hard to open up to the world, rebuilding the economy, tackling corruption and inequality, and improving citizens’ rights. Yet, Angola continues to suffer from structural challenges such as poverty, unemployment, lack of economic diversification and poor industrialisation.”
‘’The EU must help build a manufacturing base, investing in the country and transferring technology and know-how. European Economic Diplomacy is crucial in this regard,’’ concluded Tajani.
Note to editors:
Presidents Tajani and Lourenço will hold a press conference outside the protocol room today at around 12pm. You can follow it live here.
President Lourenço’s address is part of a long series of visits by African leaders to the European Parliament. Since 2017, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Presidents of Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, Alassane Ouattara and Alpha Condé were invited to address plenary.
President Tajani will go on an official visit to Niger 16-18 July 2018.
The visit will have both an institutional and an economic side. A delegation of European businesses will accompany the President with the aim of promoting partnerships between European companies and companies from Niger, as well as investments in certain key sectors, namely agriculture, renewable energy and digital.