Parízek: Europe Creates an Alliance to Boost Jobs in Africa

Parízek: Europe Creates an Alliance to Boost Jobs in Africa

26.11.2018 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

Brussels (26 November) – The new set-up of EU external financing instruments and the resolution of the primary causes of migration by means of sustainable investments and job opportunities dominated the agenda of the formal session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (Development), where the Slovak Republic was represented by Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. 

The initiative to create a new Africa-Europe Alliance is part of the package of measures announced by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, in his State of the Union speech in September 2018. The new plan should concentrate more on the economic potential of Africa and mobilize the private sector with a special focus on increasing youth employment. It aims at proposing steps to strengthen the economic partnership of the European Union and Africa, such as increasing investments, boosting trade and new jobs, supporting sustainable development, environmental protection, responsible entrepreneurship, and improving mobility. The ambition is to create 10 million jobs in Africa in 5 years. 

By creating employment and education opportunities in Africa, we will effectively prevent future massive migration flows to Europe and we will also boost economic growth on both continents by means of our European investments,” underlined State Secretary Parízek. “We support the proposal to increase funds for EU foreign activities.“ 

The Nobel Peace Prize laureates from this year, the activist Nadia Murad and doctor Denis Mukwege, who have become symbols in the fight against sexual violence against women, participated in the working lunch of EU ministers and state secretaries for development. “Both stories remind us that we cannot relax in our active engagement to protect women in the world.  In January of this year we concluded the Agreement between the United Nations Secretary-General and the Government of the Slovak Republic, the Commitment to Preventing and Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse,” concluded Parízek.