The EU is Africa's biggest trading partner accounting for 37% of African exports and 35% of African imports in 2017
What is the Pan-African Programme?
The Pan-African Programme provides dedicated support to the Africa-EU strategic partnership and is the first ever EU plan for development and cooperation that covers Africa as a whole. It supports projects with a trans-regional, continental or global added-value in areas of shared interest, and offers new possibilities for the EU and Africa to work together.
Established in 2014, the Pan-African Programme is one of the main EU financial instruments for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The programme is funded under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) with an allocated budget of EUR 845 million for the period 2014-2020.
In the period 2014-2017, the programme committed more than EUR 400 million to build mutually beneficial projects for the EU and Africa. Aligned with the Roadmap 2014-2017, the Pan-African Programme focuses on five key areas of cooperation between the two continents, namely:
- Peace and security
- Democracy, good governance and human rights
- Human development
- Sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration
- Global and cross-cutting issues.
In 2018, the second phase of the Pan-African Programme was launched for the period 2018-2020 with funding of EUR 400 million. Contributing to the implementation of the strategic priorities identified at the 5th AU-EU Summit of November 2017, the programme now focuses on three key areas of cooperation between Africa and the EU:
- Political dialogue and pan-African governance
- Education and skills, research and technology
- Continental economic integration.
The added value of the Pan-African Programme builds on three main criteria:
- The cross-regional, continental or global dimension of projects and programmes in areas ranging from sustainable agriculture and environment to higher education, ICT and research;
- The joint interest of Africa and the EU and as such a the clear link to the strategic partnership;
- The financial complementarity with other instruments like the European Development Fund (EDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the Development Cooperation; Instrument (DCI) thematic programmes.
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