European Union summit: 'Leaders need to examine Libya slave trade root causes'

  • European Union summit: 'Leaders need to examine Libya slave trade root causes'

European Union summit: 'Leaders need to examine Libya slave trade root causes'

Drogba, 39, is featuring in a series of activities in ongoing the two-day Summit between African and European leaders.

During the just concluded 5th AU-EU summit held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire from November 28 to 29, President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated the pivotal role Nigeria plays in continental affairs and in the relationship that Africa must forge with other regions of the world.

The EU is Africa's main partner and they are working together to tackle the common challenges of today - from investing in the youth, fostering sustainable development and strengthening peace and security to boosting investment in Africa, good governance and better management of migration.

Topics of migration and security have dominated the speeches at the opening ceremony, with leaders calling for more jobs and training for African youths and increased funds and support for Africa's fight against terrorism.

Calling migration a "joint responsibility", Tusk said: "the worst we can do is to start the blame game".

The UN refugee agency UNHCR said 148,200 migrants and refugees have taken the Mediterranean routes to enter Europe in the first nine months of 2017, and 2,700 people reportedly died in the process.

For Ghana, the AU-EU Summit means so much more, as a number of the heads of state attending the summit will pay official visits to the country for bilateral talks.

He added that legal migrants make a valuable contribution to the economic development of both host countries and those of origin, insisting that "we cannot end the tragedy of young people who die in the sea without providing a dignified life for them back home".

African and European Union leaders are discussing the future of their relations, with focus on investing in the youth of the two continents, on the theme: "Investing in youth for a sustainable future".