We, the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU), met on 17th and 18th February 2022 under the Co-Chair of HE Mr Charles Michel, President of the European Council and SE Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairman of the African Union.
We commemorate the 5th AU-EU summit meeting from 29.-30. November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and the 2nd AU-EU Foreign Ministers Meeting from 25-26. October 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Aware of unprecedented and growing shared challenges and opportunities, EU and AU leaders commit to a shared vision for a renewed partnership to build a common future as closest partners and neighbours.
Two unions, one common vision. We agree that the goal of the Common Vision is to consolidate a renewed partnership for solidarity, security, peace and sustainable and sustainable economic development and prosperity for our citizens and for our future generations, and our people, regions and organizations bring together.
This renewed partnership will be based on geography, appreciation of history, human ties, respect for sovereignty, mutual respect and accountability, shared values, equality between partners and mutual commitments.
It is intended to be the driving force in promoting our common priorities, common values, international law and the common safeguarding of our interests and common public goods. These include, but are not limited to: the security and prosperity of our citizens, the protection of human rights for all, gender equality and the empowerment of women in all spheres of life, respect for democratic principles, good governance and the rule of law, protective measures the climate, environment and biodiversity, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, tackling inequalities, supporting children’s rights and including women, young people and the most disadvantaged. We recognize the importance of food security and nutrition and welcome the AU theme of 2022.
- A renewed partnership. Our renewed partnership addresses both the immediate opportunities and challenges as well as the long-term possibilities that our partnership offers.
The immediate challenge is to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines. Together we will support local and regional mechanisms for the procurement, allocation and use of medical devices. The EU reaffirms its commitment to make at least 450 million vaccine doses available to Africa by mid-2022, in coordination with the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) platform. Contributing to and complementing the actions of AVATT, Team Europe has committed more than US$3 billion (ie the equivalent of 400 million doses of vaccine) to the Covax facility and to immunizations on the African continent.
Team Europe will mobilize €425 million to accelerate the pace of vaccination and support efficient dose distribution and training of medical teams, as well as analysis and sequencing capacity, in coordination with the Africa CDC. We will also contribute to the fight against health-related disinformation in this context.
We are learning from the current health crisis and are committed to supporting full African health sovereignty so the continent can respond to future public health emergencies. To this end, we support a common agenda for manufacturing vaccines, medicines, diagnostics, therapeutics and health products in Africa, including investment in manufacturing capacity, voluntary technology transfers and strengthening the regulatory framework to ensure equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.
The African Union and the European Union underscored the urgency of the WTO’s contribution to the fight against the pandemic and the global economic recovery, and pledge to work constructively towards an agreement on a comprehensive WTO response to the pandemic, including trade-related measures, as well Intellectual Property Aspects.
In response to the macroeconomic impact of the Covid crisis on African economies, we support the Common Framework for Debt Treatments Beyond the Debt Service Suspension Initiative. We are also calling for ambitious voluntary contributions by channeling some of the recently allocated Special Drawing Rights to meet the overall global goal of at least $100 billion in liquidity support to countries most in need, much of which should benefit Africa. We welcome the already committed USD 55 billion from the new allocation of SDRs, of which several EU Member States (Team Europe) have committed USD 13 billion so far, and encourage other EU Member States to consider contributing to this global effort draw. African institutions, in consultation with national authorities, will be involved in using these SDRs to help rebuild the continent.
We will strive to secure increased spending through international programs in health, climate, biodiversity, education and security to facilitate economic recovery. We agree to examine credit instruments for sustainable investment projects in priority sectors. As we improve our ability to address these challenges, we agree that investing in recovery should continue to build resilience and more sustainable economies to achieve our long-term priorities.
We are committed to fighting illicit financial flows (IFF) and fighting domestic tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and working together on tax transparency. In this regard, we agree to continue to work together to develop and consolidate strategic capabilities in the fight against various types of IFF, including money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing, as well as those related to tax systems and the return of stolen funds and articles from countries of origin.
Together we will increase our support for scientific collaboration between researchers to jointly develop knowledge and share technology and expertise, including through a joint AU-EU innovation agenda. We will encourage exchanges of young citizens, volunteers and students through the extended Erasmus+ program and develop partnerships between universities to improve our mutual understanding and promote excellence. We will strive to facilitate cultural exchanges and the movement of artists and works of art between our two continents and to encourage mutual commitment to the restitution of cultural property and to promote access to and protection of cultural heritage.