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Peter Mutharika challenges Europe on Africa’s problems

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President Peter Mutharika has appealed for more support from Europe’s leaders in dealing with problems that are affecting Africa.

He said the world has shrunk into a small global community, which means people would continue to share fortunes and challenges.

“The challenges facing Africa are bound to haunt Europe. The fortunes of Africa are bound to benefit European people and vice versa. Poverty and unemployment in Africa have become a migration problem in Europe. This is a problem nearly every European leader has to contend with,” Mutharika said.

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He was speaking yesterday in Brussels, Belgium, during the official opening of this year’s European Development Days.

He said while Europe is worried about migration, Africa is worried about youth unemployment. He said there is a correlation between the two issues.

“Except where there is conflict, it is the youth who are often driven by the desire find a better place for themselves in the world. Thus, both African and European leaders hold the responsibility to create conditions for economic growth and development in Africa and the world. An economically strong Africa stands to benefit both African and European people,” Mutharika said.

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During the ceremony, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, unveiled a new European Consensus on Development.

European Consensus on Development is a shared vision and framework for action for development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its member states.

It is a blueprint which aligns the Union’s development policy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

The consensus highlights cross-cutting issues such as youth, gender equality, mobility and migration, sustainable energy and climate change, investment and trade, good governance, democracy, the rule of law and human rights, innovative engagement with more advanced developing countries and mobilisation and use of domestic resources.

It includes a more coordinated EU and member states approach to development, promoting joint programming and joint actions. The consensus emphasises tailored partnerships with a broader range of stakeholders and partner countries.

EU and its member states signed the document during the ceremony.

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