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Inventing another future based on collaboration is inevitable and Youth has a key role to play in this process. The current Covid pandemic makes this collaboration even more imperative,  particularly between Africa and Europe.  With the next Summit of African and European Heads of States planned for 28-29 October – as well as the accompanying Youth Summit - it is paramount for Youth from both continents to be able to debate, interact, and weigh in. 

 Fresh ideas and new recommendations for the upcoming Africa-Europe Youth Summit

On behalf of the European Union, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the Delegation of Japan, led by Deputy Director-General Mr Kenko Sone (Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs). I would also like to thank the WTO Secretariat and the Government of Japan for their comprehensive reports, which form the basis for our discussion today. Let me extend our appreciation to the Discussant, H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli (Norway), for the introduction to the main developments in Japan’s economy and its trade with the rest of the world since the country’s last Trade Policy Review. The EU appreciates the commitment of Japan to this important transparency exercise and for agreeing to hold the suspended TPR meeting due to the Covid19 crisis at the first opportunity.

“Demography is destiny” said the sociologist Auguste Comte: the basic idea is that population trends and distributions determine the future of a country or region. Recently, my colleague Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for demography and democracy, provided us with an analysis of the foreseeable consequences of the demographic changes underway in Europe and globally. This work deserves our full attention, because this subject is both central to the Union's internal affairs and for its place in the world.

تشهد مرحلة الخروج التدريجية من جائحة كوفيد-19 استمراراً في العلاقات الثنائية الممتازة بين دولة الكويت والاتحاد الأوروبي  في آفاق جميع المجالات: السياسية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية، حيث سنحتفل بالذكرى السنوية الأولى لتأسيس بعثة الاتحاد الأوروبي في دولة الكويت في غضون عشرة أيام فقط من الآن والذي حضر مراسم افتتاحها وزير خارجية دولة الكويت والممثلة العليا للشؤون الخارجية والسياسة الأمنية في الاتحاد الأور