[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

quarta-feira, 29 de novembro de 2017

EU-Africa summit seeks jobs, stability for exploding population


Jean-Claude Juncker (R) arrives in Abidjan.
[European Commission]

The two-day summit in Abidjan opens as the European Union increasingly sees its fate linked to Africa’s following the twin shocks of unprecedented migration and terrorist attacks.

It comes as China, India, Japan, the Gulf Arab states and others also compete for influence on a continent where the 28-nation EU remains as a whole the biggest economic and political player.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told parliamentarians from both continents before the summit that there was little time to find ways to meet the needs of an African population set to more than double by 2050 to around 2.4 billion people.

“Africa will have to create millions of jobs to accommodate the new arrivals in the job market,” Tajani said in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast’s economic capital.

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