Hopes and Fears on EU?s Africa Aid
Monday, February 7, 2011
Mohamed Ibn Chambas has mixed feelings about the emerging collaboration of China and Europe to help Africa meet the Millennium Development Goals. While he welcomes such a partnership, the secretary-general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states is concerned about the prospect that China will adopt what he sees as Europe’s “cumbersome procedures” in project implementation.
Since assuming his current post in November 2009, Chambas has witnessed a series of landmark events in the European Union’s development cooperation with Africa. These include the revision of the Cotonou agreement, establishment of the European External Action Service, the third Africa–EU summit and the second joint EU-Africa action plan.
Devex caught up with Chambas at the 2010 European Development Days in Brussels. In this first part of our two-part conversation with the the Ghanaian academic and politician, Chambas shared his hopes about Europe’s assistance to Africa.
What have been the most relevant outcomes for development cooperation between the European Union and Africa?