Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said his country has aspirations to help create a new EU development strategy in Africa, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
The Foco África 2023 plan, presented on Monday (29 March), covers a range of development plans, from economic road maps to strategies to meet targets under the UN’s sustainable development goals to be implemented by 2030.
Spain wants to help developing countries create their own revenue resources at the local level, discouraging and curbing illegal migration flows and human trafficking networks.
With the Foco África Plan, Spain hopes to forge a new concept of EU development policy, Sánchez told journalists in Madrid alongside Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is also chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“We want to turn this decade into Spain’s decade in Africa. That is the soul of this programme,” Sánchez stressed.
“Spain is increasingly closer to Africa and Africa increasingly closer to Spain and also to Europe,” he said, adding that “Africa can count on … Spain’s voice in the EU.”
The strategy includes a number of targets ranging from the promotion of peace and security, sustainable economies, regional integration, gender equality and debt relief, to measures aimed at tackling climate change and irregular migration.
[Edited by Daniel Eck, Paula Kenny and Josie Le Blond]