African leaders reflect on EU-Africa summit

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African leaders reflect on EU-Africa summit

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More than 35 African heads of state and government took part in the fourth-ever EU-Africa summit that ended on Thursday.

Key issues they discussed with their EU counterparts included immigration, trade, development and security.

The meeting also focused on the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic.

Euronews interviewed a number of heads of states throughout the two days.

Armando Guebuza, the president of Mozambique, urged Europe to continue to support African countries through training and investment.

“Our traditional sectors are linked to agriculture, where productivity is increasing, which is an important step. This generates the need to (boost) the agro-industry and it generates, even more, the need of infrastructure to feed these processes,” he said.

Security was one of the top themes, with EU officially launching its military mission in the Central African Republic. Leaders also evaluated other ongoing civil and military missions and formalised the new 2014-2016 financial package for the ‘African Peace Facility’.

Leaders also discussed corruption and money laundering.

In the EU/Africa road-map for future cooperation, the parts committed to “strengthening the role of public sector institutions”, including “measures to curb their illegal exploitation of natural ressources”.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan says that is not easy: “You don’t have to accept any level of corruption, no. Just like medical doctors say it is difficult to get somebody 100 percent healthy [and that] you see that you accept some level of morbidity. No human would accept a level of morbidity, you want to be 100 percent OK. But what I am saying it is difficult to be 100 percent OK.”

The next EU-Africa summit will take place in 2017.