Finding future prospects for the youth of African is the mandate of leaders of the 28 EU member states as well as those of the 55 countries of the African Union, meeting in Abidjan for the 5th EU-Africa summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast this week.
Every three years since 2000, the representatives of the EU and the African Union hold this continental dialogue, which is being held “for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa”, said Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara, opening the summit.
Investing in a sustainable future for youth, a central theme of the summit, concerns both Africa and Europe. And for good reason: Africa is already the youngest continent on the planet with 60% of the population under 25, about 30% of whom are unemployed.
With the projected population growth – the African continent will see its population double by 2050 according to UN estimates – it is missing 18 million jobs per year, said Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Moussa Faki, the Chadian President of the AU Commission, in a forum.