By J. Mangala
The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU approach (JAES) in 2007 used to be a watershed second in Africa-EU family, one who sought to 'reinvent' a ancient courting to satisfy the demanding situations posed via advanced interdependencies, increasing globalization, and growing to be pageant, all framed through the sluggish dislocation of the West because the epicenter of global politics. 5 years into its implementation, this booklet deals an intensive and primary accomplished research of the JAES, the main complex type of interregionalism noticeable thus far.
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The EU Strategy for Africa and the Way toward Lisbon 2007 In presenting its Strategy for Africa —subsequently adopted by the EU Council in December 2005—the European Commission (EC) stressed that for too long the EU’s relations with Africa have been too fragmented, both in policy formulation and implementation between the different policies and actions of the EU Member States and the European Commission; between trade cooperation and economic development cooperation; between more traditional socio-economic development efforts and strategic political policies.
A brief comment on each of these processes and frameworks is necessary, at this juncture, to clearly demarcate the points of departure and junction with the Cairo process, of which the JAES is an emanation. 18 Jack Mangala The first framework is the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), which defines the various aspects of the relationship between African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (ACP) and the European Union including development cooperation, trade, and political dimensions. The CPA was adopted in 2000 as a successor to the Yaoundé and Lomé conventions that had governed EU-ACP relations since the 1960s.
The added value of such participation has been particularly underscored in areas which are at the heart of RECs’ mission, namely trade and regional integration. Even though the AUC and the EC have undertaken initiatives aimed at mobilizing RECs’ participation, the latter has not yet reached a level that would attest of RECs’ commitment to the JAES vision. ”49 The capability differential noted between the AUC and the EU Commission is even more acute when one compares the EU Delegation to the AU with the AU Permanent Mission to the EU, another African structure expected to play an important role in following up the implementation of the JAES—a responsibility that fits within its overall mandate of monitoring Africa-EU relations and serving as a communication channel between the two commissions.