Oxfam International has submitted a contribution highlighting the principles of real partnership, transparency and mutual accountabilty as fundamental for EU-Africa relations. They call for a strategy built on Africa’s needs, political priorities and expectations. Different issues are brought up divided into three areas:
Trade, investment and regional integration
- The EU’s current proposals on the EPAs “are in danger of undermining the very policies that African countries require to promote regional integration and transformation of their economies.”
- How FDI and remittances can support equitable and pro-poor growth needs to be explored further
Peace and security
“The EU and AU should:
- Agree on establishing mechanisms to monitor violations of humanitarian law, signs of state failure, and emerging conflict, in order to take timely action to prevent and stop such crimes.
- Prioritise support for the successful negotiation of a robust International Arms Trade Treaty – with the high-level diplomacy required; […]
- Acknowledge their commitment under the Responsibility to Protect to use civil and military mechanisms for preventive crisis response”.
- All EU member states should live up to their promise to increase their aid, without artificially inflating their figures.
- Aid predictability should be increased.
- Policy coherence should be ensured in EU policy.
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