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If Europe misses its appointment with Africa, it will miss a historic opportunity

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In this interview, published by Le Point Afrique, outgoing European Commissioner Neven Mimica offers his vision for better co-operation between Africa and Europe. “Our two continents are facing new challenges which can only be tackled together. We are at a crossroads: Africa is a continent in full swing, with huge economic and human potential. It is a giant in the making, at the gates of Europe. If Europe misses its appointment with Africa, it will miss a historic opportunity,” Mimica explained. Commissioner Mimica talked about the achievements made during his mandate, including the Africa-Europe Alliance, a greater focus on the role of value chains, outreach to the African diaspora, financial and social inclusion, job creation and skills, as well as the current negotiations on a modernised ACP-EU partnership, which should be concluded in 2020. He was a strong advocate for multilateral co-operation, favouring co-operation among like-minded partners over competition.