President Zuma to attend AU-EU Summit

epa04616266 South African President Jacob Zuma arrives for the opening of parliament to deliver his State Of The Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2015. Reports state that South African President Jacob Zuma is expected to be met with hostility during his State of the Nation speech, with questions being raised over the corruption scandal surrounding his 20 million euro private estate, a national electricity crisis and oppostion parties threatening to disrupt his speech. EPA/NIC BOTHMA / POOL

In a statement by – President Jacob Zuma is expected to arrive in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, today for the fifth Summit of the African Union-European Union.

The summit, which will end on Thursday, will be held under the theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’.

“The summit is anticipated to focus on the importance of the youth in the two regions’ socio-economic development programmes,” the Presidency said on Tuesday.

The summit is also expected to focus on supporting the objectives of the AU Agenda 2063 and its flagship projects.

The summit will adopt Joint Priority Projects for the period 2018 to 2022 that will focus on mobilising investments for Africa’s structural transformation, human capacity development, including capacitating the youth, and addressing peace and security, ensuring good governance and creating resilient societies.

The summit will further discuss issues of mutual concern that affect the two regions, including enhancing economic opportunities for youth, mobility and migration, trade and investment, cooperation on peace and security, as well as cooperation in governance.

Meanwhile, International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, is representing President Zuma at the inauguration ceremony of Kenya’s President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, taking place today at Kasarani National Stadium in Nairobi. –

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