Federal Minister Karin Kneissl: "A new partnership with Africa must also be a new partnership with women"
The Foreign Minister attended an informal meeting of EU ministers for development cooperation in Brussels
Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl took part in an informal meeting of EU ministers for development cooperation in Brussels on 14 September 2018.
"A new partnership with Africa must also be a new partnership with women. We know that women often play a particularly significant role in their families' education, healthcare and wellbeing. This means that more economic collaboration with women is also an investment in the future",
the Foreign Minister said.
She added that a fundamental shift in economic and social conditions would be necessary to tackle the acute problems the continent faces and to help contain the migration flows towards Europe.
"That will require collaboration that goes far beyond development cooperation and, in particular, encompasses trade and business",
Karin Kneissl said. She concluded by stating:
"Africa is diverse – we need tailored collaboration and should not lose sight of local and regional perspectives."
Alongside the new partnership with Africa, the meeting's participants discussed how to improve links between humanitarian aid and development cooperation. The agenda also included an initial exchange of views on the structure of EU external financing as part of the coming Multiannual Financial Framework.