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The Communication sets out innovative proposals in a number of key areas – such as peace and security, migration, job creation and energy. It comes ahead of the Africa-EU Summit in November this year, which will put a specific focus on young people.
"2017 is the year for a new impetus of the partnership between Europe and Africa: every obstacle we may face is a common challenge, and Africa's hope is our hope. A strong Africa matters to Europe; our friendship matters to our people. Only by joining forces and working in partnership can we provide our youth with a more hopeful and peaceful future. Today, we don't simply look at what we can do for Africa but what we can do with Africa, together."
The proposal identifies three objectives for building an EU-Africa alliance to address common global and regional challenges: a stronger mutual engagement and increased cooperation bilaterally and in the international arena, based on common values and shared interests; security, on land and on sea, and the fight against transnational threats; sustainable and inclusive economic development in Africa, in order to create the jobs that the continent needs.
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