The European Union has called for solidarity and unity among the African Union (AU) member countries to achieve success and sustainability of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The EU Head of Delegation to the AU, Ranieri Sabatucci, made the call at the closing session of the 2019 World Export Development Forum and Africa Industrialisation Week, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The EU envoy said that solidarity was the main ingredient of a successful integration process, adding: “every time we do things together, some people benefit more than others.”
“The cake is big, but it does happen that someone could get a bigger slice at a point in time, and somebody will have a smaller slice.
“So, those who have the bigger slice have to cut the part of that big part and give it to those who have smaller ones. Diversity is crucial, but without solidarity, there is no integration. The challenge we have had was lack of solidarity. Without this, we cannot solve the problem,” Sabatucci stated.
He explained that EU’s involvement with projects in Africa was based on realisation of the importance of the continent.
The EU envoy said Africa, being the world’s second fastest growing economy, could not be ignored, adding that it made sense to be where the market is growing.
Sabatucci stressed that Europe had to also consider the effect of illegal migrations from Africa to Europe.
According to him, it is important to help Africa to continue growing and stay on its feet as a successful Africa is in everyone’s interest.