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Economic Partnership Agreements

The EPAs are the new locus of the EU-Africa trade and development relationship. Through greater market opening, EPAs encourage intra-African and inter-regional integration, job creation, and growth. Moreover, they can stimulate research and innovation ecosystems, which will boost on-going economic growth, sustainability and welfare.







The Forum’s activities and policy recommendations will be distributed across our networks, relevant business and NGO interests, and, government and regional institutions. Communication and Outreach occur as follows:

  • Multi-stakeholder lunch debates and seminars provide a platform where experiences are shared and policy solutions are formulated.

  • Joint bi-annual events with the European Parliament and other EU institutions.

  • Findings and policy recommendations formally published as in-house policy briefings.

  • Africa’s voices, on a variety of topics, published and distributed, through a quarterly publication: Letter from Africa.

  • Selected groups and individuals within our network will receive regular updates on the Forum’s activities.

  • The Forum will connect with African and European digital communities through Twitter to engage on the Forum’s activities and, track and discuss developments in the EU-Africa relationship.

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Dear European friend,


Since attaining political independences forty years ago or so, African countries have been struggling to find a formula to bring about sustainable development that changes the lives of the vast majority of Africans for the better. Various comprehensive plans and programmes of action have been produced, such as the Lagos Plan of Action and NEPAD just to mention but a few. However, the efforts are not commensurate with the results, as poverty still prevails in most African countries. One of the challenges has to do with the almost exclusive use of former colonial languages, which are only spoken by minority urban elites, to the detriment of African languages spoken by the vast majority of Africans.


Conventional wisdom suggests that, in order for sustainable development to take place in Africa, a collective discourse articulated in different voices is required to mobilise all Africans around identifiable common goals. Like an orchestra sings a song with the same melody in different voices. This implies the creation of linguistic equity that will see African languages used together with the former colonial languages. As it is now, African languages have been absent from the development discourse with all the resulting consequences.


I hope that this is useful for our mutual engagement.


Sozinho Francisco Matinhe is the Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages at the African Union Commission.

Africa's views: a letter from Bamako, Mali, Africa

October 2015