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  1. Sheldon says:

    Advance the vision of a United Africa before attempting to form partnerships with anyone else. If not, partnerships like these, while important, might distract from the vision.

    Fix your problems at home first.

  2. Yves Momo Ngapgho says:

    salut a tous, Je suis africain et reside actuellement a chypre(je voudrais rentrer apporter ma contribution a l’edification de ce continent qui m’est tres cher). La situation de l’Afrique et particulierement des pays du sud sahara est vraiment chaotique. et si les pays riches ne reagissent pas la gangraine remontera a eux tot ou tard dans tous les cas. La pauvrete le Sida, le paludisme,le chomage, la corruption,….ne pourront qu’accelerer l’emigration des pays pauvres vers les pays riches. Nous avons tous besoin d’une vie meilleure, nous pouvont rever et parfois les jeunes jouent la carte du tout ou rien(le resultat on le sait tous). A mon avis les pays riches peuvent faire mieux: Resister a aider les ” gouvernements gerontocratiques obsoletes” Encourager plutot les societes civiles et les jeunes particulierement, encourager la critique,…seraient des bonnes issues de sortie de cette situation que nous vivont au quotidien. cessons de parlementer agissons pour un monde un peu juste et avec moins de discriminations.Valorisons l’espece humaine
    Le monde n’est il pas beau par sa diversite?

  3. Patrick Onono (Uganda) says:

    The relationship between the EU and the AU should have apolitical,economic and development cooperation dimension.The advantage of the relationship should be to develop coherent growth policies and sound macroeconomic policies to enable competitive domestic market.Growth will only result if the opportunity to trade is combined with the neccessary capacities to participate in trade.Capacity building through research to meet international standards since most of the exports from AU are consumable perishable.Capacity must be created to become members of international standard organisation such as ISO.There should be stregthening of fluctuating exchange and interest rates as this reduce export.There must be sound and prudent fiscal policies [where do you put public money investment]medium and long term project will help minimise cost.There must be joint effort to curb terrorist attack on people and transport terminal for instance in new york and london terminal as this can cancel movement and flow of exports,some perisable consumables may go bad and expire.

  4. Sesan Olukoya says:

    The challnge for Civil Society Organizations
    I really appreciate the effort of the coordinators of this programme and for their innitiative to organise the Civil Society Workshop “Building a strategic Partnership between Africa and Europe: The Challenge for Civil Society Organisations” in Bonn.

    My concern is how the grassroot NGOs would be represented in the future and upcoming programmes of this magnitude. Your may not believe this, the grassroot NGOs are really working. Some of these grassroot bodies havenever access fund before now but they are so committed. Please, do send invitations to as many organizations as possible whenever this kind of workshops, seminars and conferences are to hold.
    Thank you and I hope that you will follow my advice.

    Sesan Olukoya,
    Executive Director,
    African Youth Empowerment-Nigeria(AYEN),
    P.O.Box 2965, Somolu,
    Lagos,Nigeria.
    2348056310336, ayen_nigeria@yahoo.com

  5. Trios Human Development Foundation, Nigeria says:

    Our opinion is that there is gap between the strategy of donor intervention in addressing poverty and the rel basic needs of the poor in Africa.

    Important as capacity building and support for government officials and policy makers is, this has not impacted on the lives of the poor and unemployed youths in real terms. I would like to suggest that what is need at this point are direct sizable loans to group of unemployed youths in form of agricultural inputs, agro- processing equipments and other manufacturing equipments that will create employment for them sustainably.

    It seems that those responsible for formulating and implementing strategies are either not fully conscious of the needs or the there is need for more sincerity and radical approach to bridge the poverty gap. There is no short cut, government cannot create employment for everyone and neither can most of the people have bankable collateral to start out with which is why dishonesty and other forms of inexplicable violence are rife; in fact it will be hard to tackle HIV/AIDS without addressing poverty because dare need pressurizes into prostitution and compromising basic ideals.

  6. I will like to suggest that Drugs and Crime should be included as one of the themes to be discussed at the Lisbon meeting. It is importnat to discuss Drugs and Crime especially as they affect our youths.

  7. While it is commendable to fashion a strategy for the relationship between EU and AU, who should fashion the strategy? The people through widespread consultations with grassroot movements or ‘polished’, well fed policy makers who scarcely are part of the suffering masses of both continents.

    I think it is time to be realistic in all these strategies, people and the people alone should drive the process, not a select group of plitical appointees.

  8. Harry B. Stevens- People Against Injustice(PAIN)-The Gambia says:

    I will like to congratulate the organisers of the noble forum for the youth to input into decisions that will make their destinies happen. One of the main issue I will emphasise on is the involvement of youths in decision making and the involvement of youths in implementation of projects affecting them.

    Women political empowerment should also be emphasised as that will expedite development and equality in Africa.If the women are politically empowered via a legislated quota in the National Assemblies/parliaments and in other key decision making areas that will automatically reduce gender based violence because power will now also be in the hands of the women. A trained woman with the same loaded gun as a man will make much difference in the way men behave to women.

    Pushing for the realisation of the United State of Africa dream is also very important. In this direction I suggest that this topic be discused lengthly as it is very important- we have all seen the great benefits it has accreud to the european Union and thus Africa too sholud enjoy those benefits. The simplest way I think we can achieve this dream is by developing and incoporating education materials about African Solidarity, peace and tolerance among Africans in the educational curricula of all Aftrican countries and from that spot when the young generation gets to realise the importance and the need for African Solidariy, then the United States of Africa will find a footing.

    Thanks for reading my comments.

  9. SAMUEL C. DOTSE says:

    My suggestion is that climate change issues shloud be discussed in the context of biodiversity loss. One other important issue that l will like to be discussed is the issue of biofuels

  10. Sophia says:

    The challenge for African leaders i guess should be reduction of poverty and trying to provide the basic necessities like food, shelter, medical and education to all.

    The other is fighting corruption which has become the norm in the various institutions in African countries.

    Then there’s the issue of resettlement of the people who in the war regions. Besides food and shelter which is being provided by the many humantarian organisations, (thankfully), there’s need for counselling to address the trauma suffered by these people.

  11. Simon Handy says:

    I truly believe that curbing the illicit spread of small arms in Africa should an essential component of the Lisbon Summit. Unfortunately, the subject is nowhere to be found. The organizing committee will do itself a favor by tackling this issue. Indeed over the years, both supply and demand pressures have caused legal arms exports to grow and burgeoning stockpiles have made it difficult for many states to prevent the diversion of arms to illicit markets. International existing instruments that can serve as a roadmap to assist states to confront the thriving illicit international trade in small arms and light weapons are insufficiently efficient. The said illicit spread of small arms has had the effect of perpetuating in tra-State wars in Africa, increasing the risk of regional conflict formation, setting back economic development, and contributing to the deaths of thousands upon thousands of civilians.

  12. Muhwana Wilberforce says:

    Thanks for this valuable initiative of keeping us up to date with the proceedings towards concretising of the EU – Africa strategy.

    The agenda is generally accomodative of the broad areas of interest for africa. However, they will need to be unpackaged for the typical poor and beneficiary african to understand, appreciate and contribute. There is no mechanism in africa, say Uganda for the target beneficiary group to be objectively informed and stimulated to participate in this process.

    Currently deliberations are still confimed to AU, some parliamentarians and so called technical personnel of gorvernment i.e. foreign and external trade ministries. These have no direct interaction with private sector – business community, NGOs and peasant communities. The available structures have not been used to promote and ensure all inclusive health dialogue on the subject matter. The prospect for another white elephant is high.

    While NGOs have endeavoured to bridge this gap they are not adequately capacitated and well spread to reach all the masses save for mobilisation to demonstrate against unfair trade policies – even where adequate information is lacking.

  13. The New Vision of the Africa Union should idenify the greatest chalenges of youth of Africa and work hard to address them collectively, whether in partnership or as an independent party. Africa is too big for any big problem but our alliance with Europe calls for more responsibility and duty.

    The EU would act as a catalyst for the new AU and help us in the part to cooperation and development. I am optimist that this deal is a new deal of a partnership of equals that would work in the favour of the duo. We need our voices to count and be listened to.

    Henry Ekwuruke
    Programme Director
    Development Generation Africa International
    A Youth-led NGO in Nigeria.

  14. sulemana abudulai says:

    I hope Environment, biodiversity and climate change will be added to the core issues in Lisbon. The inextricable link between climate, biodiversity and livelihoods of the majority of people outside the non-industrilized world is clear. What are our governments going to do? What should they be negotiating towards increasing their capacity to adapt to climate change or to mitigate its impact? What national, regional and local strategies should be supported and who should be involved? How do we ensure that government, local communities, civil society groups and government agencies acquire the necessary tools, information, insights into climate change and related matters?

    Given the nature of climate change, what regional approaches are required to enable countries in Africa cope with the vagaries of continental and global climatic changes? For example, drought and flood resistant seed exchanges have been found to be useful in minimizing the impact of enviornmental changes in Asia.

  15. As the Lisbon meeting nears, it becomes clear to me that Europe and Africa have a major opportunity to reposition their relationship for the long term benefit of their people.

    One thing that is very clear is that African leaders will be watching to see what sort of reception they will be accorded at Lisbon. Will it anywhere near that which African leaders got in China or not? Will the agenda be strengthening the economic progress of Africa or not?

    On the other hand, European leaders will be looking to the seriousness that is expected of leaders to match word to deed. They will seek to also explore, I imagine, the real ‘better option’ of building Africa’s economic progress through the western model.ie model of freedom and democracy.

    So, in a nut shell it will be an interesting meeting of minds.

    What is encouraging on both sides of the table are the likes of ‘solid leaders’ like the German President and the current South Africa President Thabo Mbeki. This is encouraging because the issue of Africa as an emerging continent, or as an emerging frontier of resource and people value will be given its much needed publicity.

    What is challenging is the issue of sustaining progressive discussions that will be covered at the meeting. THAT is the crucial part out of this meeting.

    So, with these we wait to see how this important meeting unfolds.

    Patrick Khamadi – Advisor International Development

  16. sulemana abudulai says:

    I am keen to see that the European countries do not rush African Heads of State to sign the Economic Partnership Agreements on timetables that may be politically expedient but economically, socially, environmentally and morally indefensible over the long-term. On current evidence, things are not potentially as rosy as that because the EPA will open the floodgates of global trade on people ill-prepared to cope with its vagaries and unknowns.

    First of all, the ‘dumping’ of cheap agricultural produce (in their raw or processed form) on the West African markets has destroyed the livelihoods of millions of small scale farmers in Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and other West African countries. These farmers, men and women, depend on the production of say onion, tomato and other vegetables for food and scarce income during prolonged dry seasons when farming activities are only possible in river valleys.

    Secondly, there is no evidence that the large majority of the voiceless small-scale farmers would choose to focus on production aimed at international trade as their priority is to produce what they consume and exchange the surplus for income which can be used to meet other basic needs (e.g. health services, education of children, clothes, etc.). Thirdly, from my little understanding of world trade, the Doha round of negotiation within the WTO is as yet incomplete. To be fully operational, the ETA has to tick certain boxes within the WTO trade rules. In other words, countries that sign the EPA will still need to wait until the round of WTO negotiations are complete. So why the hurry?

    Fourthly, with the exception of South Africa, there are no social security guarantees for farmers and others whose livelihoods suffer from global market fluctuations. In the export crop regions of wetter parts of Africa, access to food from forests is able to act as a buffer against say world cocoa price fluctuations.

    The key point being made is that there are numerous developmental hurdles to be overcome before African countries are pulled to the river, like the proverbial horse: do they have to drink? The ongoing call for ‘fair trade’ is welcome, and these EPA agreements are not to be hurried as they will have certainly have irreversible long term impact on people and the environment.

    My argument is that like Pandora’s Box, the EPAs will unleash hardship, suffering and displacement of farmers from their land. People will be forced off their land and where do we think they will go? First to the cities, through risky illegal journey across the high seas, etc. Steadily they will trickle on as their ancestors did after the ice age. So, sooner or later, it may be that will the last person leaving the continent please remember to turn off the paraffin lantern?

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