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President Tajani to attend the Africa-Europe High-Level Forum in Vienna on 18 December

Press Release

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will attend the Africa-Europe High-Level Forum organised by Austrian Chancellor Kurz, president-in-office of the Council of the EU, and President Kagame of Rwanda, Chairman of the African Union for the year 2018.

Ahead of the meeting, President Tajani stated: “The European Parliament has been at the forefront in taking cooperation with Africa to a new level. Last year in Abidjan, I called for dedicated follow-up meetings in between our summits, with the participation of civil society and economic actors. I therefore want to thank Chancellor Kurz and President Kagame for having organised this forum.”

European and African leaders, together with CEOs of major global companies, start-ups and other stakeholders will participate. On the margins of the event, President Tajani will also hold bilateral meetings with several African leaders and CEOs, including the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zwed and the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.

President Tajani will open the High-Level Forum, which will focus on innovation and digitalisation, together with Chancellor Kurz, President Kagame, President Juncker and the African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

“Innovation and digitalisation are key enablers of the continent’s future development,” said President Tajani.

“Europe and Africa face common challenges, such as unemployment, climate change, terrorism and immigration. We can only address the latter by working together, seizing common opportunities. I strongly believe that Africa should be at the top of our agenda. This is why the European Parliament champions a true Marshall Plan in the next EU budget, to attract investment, develop infrastructure and an industrial base on the continent, while creating hope and prospects for the next generations”, concluded Tajani.


Programme of the visit

08.30-10.00 Political Leaders meeting

10.15 Family photo

10.30-11.00 Opening of the High-Level Forum

11.00-13.00 High-Level Dialogue “Taking cooperation to the digital age”


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