It has been nearly a year since European leaders and their African counterparts converged in Brussels for a summit billed as the beginning of a ‘renewed partnership’ between the two continents.
The summit’s final declaration dubbed ‘the Joint Vision for 2030’ promised among other things to invest in Africa $25 billion per year over the next seven years, 450 million Covid vaccines and over $300 billion to spend on energy and infrastructure.
Almost a year later, European leaders and their African counterparts are struggling to get moving.
There has been no major decision from Brussels on investment or infrastructure, two things African leaders deeply care about.
The war in Ukraine has had Europe distracted, and even caused tension with African countries who have chosen neutrality.
The summit also appears to have done little to improve mutual trust. With Europe still not keen on supporting a patent waiver on vaccines, doubts have grown on whether Brussels is serious about Africa’s health sovereignty ambitions.