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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met on 17 October with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the shared engagement and joint work of the EU and the Foundation in support of human development in Africa in particular, including by accelerating digital development. The EU and Mr. Gates also signed an agreement to create a joint fund to invest €100 million in European companies working to stop climate change.
High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini participated in a High-Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa, an event hosted by UNCTAD during the UN General Assembly. The EU continues to work with Africa to respond jointly to the challenges of migration. And the new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs is expected to create up to 10 million jobs in the next 5 years alone and support Africa.
The Global Tech Panel – an initiative of EU High Representative Mogherini bringing together leaders from the worlds of technology, civil society and diplomacy to address global challenges – is set to move forward with initiatives to boost digital jobs and skills for human development, including a pilot project in North Africa.
The European Union, through the EU Trust Fund for Africa, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) co-finance a project in Niger which helps local authorities identify development and infrastructure measures and strengthen their capacity to better address the consequences of migration. More than 150 000 people will benefit from better access to basic services which will also create 1 500 jobs.