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The African Union and the European Union (EU) seek to strengthen their political and economic relations during the sixth summit of European and African leaders that will take place in Brussels, the Belgian capital, on February 17 and 18.

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So far, about 70 leaders and senior officials are expected to participate in the meeting with the main reason to make investments in key projects for the development and exchange between both blocs.

Among the main objectives on the African side are finding alliances that allow it to better face the situation that the continent is experiencing with Covid-19, as well as vaccination and confronting climate change.

Likewise, the African Union will try to find advice on serious local situations such as the one in the Sahel area and the crisis in Ethiopia, which cause serious damage to the inhabitants of the nations of the continent and which have a high human cost with thousands of displaced persons and millions of of people at high risk of famine.

Given these circumstances, it is estimated that the meeting will be a way to find viable formulas to promote stability and peace in the regions in question.

For her part, the president of the European Commission, Úrsula Von der Leyen, affirmed that the block will invest 150,000 million euros in infrastructure for the African continent under the European plan entitled Global Gateway (Global Gateway, in English).

It is worth mentioning that according to the senior official, this program intends to invest close to 300,000 million in infrastructure in Africa and Latin America in a period that extends until the year 2027.

Similarly, this Wednesday Von der Leyen announced that the bloc will be launching a vaccination program to help the African continent in this regard with a budget of close to 125 million euros.

The exchanges are expected to focus on the following areas: agriculture, sustainable development, strengthening of the health system, growth financing, peace and security, governance and climate change, among others.