The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) has been the main framework for relations between the continents of Europe and Africa since 2007. Its goal is to develop a shared vision of the main global issues whilst simultaneously strengthening cooperation in a broad range of areas such as development, governance, human rights, trade, regional integration, food security and migration. To this end, meetings of EU-African economic and social stakeholders are held on a regular basis.
The 5th Summit of AU-EU Heads of State and Government took place at the end of November 2017, offers African and European leaders a critical opportunity to respond to the changing context and to reform and deepen the EU-Africa partnership.
In order to provide their contribution to the summit, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Ivory Coast's Economic, Social, Environmental and Cultural Council (CESEC) co-hosted an economic and social stakeholders' meeting in Abidjan on 16 and 17 November 2017.