The chairwoman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, last Friday in Brussels, Belgium, highlighted the fact that the African continent has been recording high levels of female emancipation, which even supersedes continents that are considered to have a longer experience in terms of gender equity.
Speaking at a press conference, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that Africa even supersedes Europe, for the fact that the former has 60 per cent of female MPs and others occupy leadership posts, as a demonstration of the rise in gender equity.
Making an assessment of the 4th EU-Africa Summit held in Brussels on 2-3 April, the official said that although Europe and Africa have a long common history, they have complementary comparative realities which can help to reinforce the co-operation between the two continents, a premise that can only be possible to materialise in an environment of peace and tranquillity.
She explained that the comparative realities that exist between both continents are marked by the premise that Africa has 65 per cent of arable lands, while Europe has a broad experience in agriculture and manufacturing industry, which can help African countries to reach self-sufficiency.
Africans have lands and Europeans the technology and experience, she said, but there has to be a co-operation for mutual benefit.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma stressed also that Africa is modernising itself through the reinforcement of investment in the sectors of infrastructures, where Europe is invited to intervene to support development through commerce, boosting of tourism and other domains, because the African continent has a lot of potential areas to be explored.
The forum had the presence of over forty heads of state and government of African countries and twenty from the European Union, besides the chairpersons of the European Union (EU) and African Union (AU), as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, international observers, among other international personalities.
In the end of the summit, it was adopted a joint political statement that covers several themes relating to the reinforcement of the EU-Africa relations.
Angola attended the meeting with a delegation led by the vice president of the Republic, Manuel Vicente.