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European Union Eyes New Africa Alliance to Create Jobs

European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker on Wednesday called for a “new alliance” with Africa that would create millions of jobs and include a free trade deal.

His call came as European countries are struggling to find a united solution to slow the flow of African migrants crossing the Mediterranean, mainly to Spain and Italy, in search of a better life.

“We should move the many trade agreements between Africa and the European Union towards a continent-to-continent free trade agreement,” Juncker told the European Parliament during his annual State of the Union speech.

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A new economic partnership between the two continents “would create up to 10 million jobs in Africa in the next five years alone,” he said.

He said that the EU’s relations with Africa must no longer be seen “from the sole perspective of development aid”.

“Africa does not need charity, it needs a balanced partnership and Europe needs this partnership just as much,” he said to MEPs.

The message was also intended for African capitals where European governments are eager for tighter cooperation in encouraging migrants to stay at home.

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  1. Ensuring that young generation in Africa, is equipped with skills which are relevant to the technological advancement and matching the skills to the jobs at hand will definitely do the trick.
    Skilling of African youths should not be viewed in the context business as usual but a dispensation which is adding value to Africa’s demographic dividend and an opportunity to ensure that employment creation is undertaken in such a manner that there is a macro symbiotic relationship between Africa and Europe. A relationship which should assist in ensuring that the curricula being employed by Africa in TVET is accompanied with competency-based training and that the relationships between training service providers and the industries yield mutual benefits.
    Developed countries with well-tested and tried TVET programs such Germany’s dual system should play a role in ensuring that industries in Europe, capacity-build African industries and institutions to ensure that youths in Africa, instead of migrating to Europe, young engineers in Europe should migrate to Africa and, bring with them, not only their knowledge and skills, bu bring the European support and packages to transfer manufacturing industries from Europe to Africa.
    Industrialization of Africa will help create jobs,improve the urban areas and make the environment conducive for all people.

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