Chapter 1.4

Building on African ideas and structures

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Africa has already laid important foundations:

  • The African Union (AU) brings almost all African countries round one table and, in this way, strengthens cooperation on the continent. With its peace and security architecture and the African Standby Force, the AU has demonstrated its capacity for effective action.
  • With the Agenda 2063, it has adopted a clear strategy for promoting sustainable development on the continent. An implementation plan defines the goals for the next ten years. Africa's policymakers have vowed to support democracy, the rule of law and economic reforms. They realise that they need to create value in their own countries – by taking the initiative and promoting economic development whilst fighting corruption at the same time.
  • Several countries have embarked on a course of reform in recent years, like for example Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia (Transformation Index BTI, 2016).

The Marshall Plan takes Africa at its word. It is designed to be a common response by all partners to these African initiatives and structures – a European offer to support the African continent in promoting development of a new dimension. The Plan is rounded off by new concepts of institutional cooperation and well-coordinated policies on foreign affairs, development, trade, economics, security, agriculture, climate, environment and migration.

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