By J. Mangala
The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU procedure (JAES) in 2007 was once a watershed second in Africa-EU family, person who sought to 'reinvent' a old courting to satisfy the demanding situations posed by way of complicated interdependencies, increasing globalization, and becoming festival, all framed by way of the sluggish dislocation of the West because the epicenter of worldwide politics. 5 years into its implementation, this booklet deals a radical and primary complete research of the JAES, the main complex kind of interregionalism visible so far.
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15 There were two phases of the public consultation, the first of which resulted in the production of an outline of the joint strategy document, while the second phase led to the final version of the strategy and Action Plan that would be adopted in December 2007 in Lisbon. Although the public consultation process was met with some degree of skepticism by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which were concerned about the actual use of their submissions and inputs in drafting of the JAES, it is nonetheless important to note that the public consultation process leading up to the Lisbon Summit and the adoption of the JAES represented the first time—in the history of EU-Africa relations—that an overarching policy framework had been formulated through an open and public consultation with noninstitutional actors in general and the civil society in particular, thus lending some credit to the notion of “peoplecentered partnership,” which is supposed to be one of the defining characteristics of the JAES.
The fact that it took seven years between the first and the second Africa-EU summit speaks volume of the challenges encountered in carrying forward the Cairo agenda. Seven years after the Cairo Summit, a fundamental shift in EU-Africa relations was needed to give a new impetus to the political dialogue between the two parties. Against this backdrop—and beyond the mere adoption of the JAES and its first Action Plan—the Lisbon Summit has been a watershed moment in the history of Africa-EU relations, a moment that witnessed the emergence—for the first time— of a common strategy to address common challenges and seek new opportunities.
24 This formula, now a commonplace, speaks to three fundamental dynamics that the JAES is supposed to be infuse into the relationship. First, the two sides have expressed the desire, in their political dialogue, to go beyond the issues that have traditionally dominated their relations (trade and development cooperation) and to embrace a wide range of problems of common concern and interest. ”25 Second, the political dialogue is supposed to offer a platform from which to jointly engage the world community.
Africa and the European Union: A Strategic Partnership by J. Mangala