Africa Summit Focuses On Youth Unemployment

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"Circular migration" could be key to easing illegal migration, experts have said.

"These smugglers are deeply linked to many terrorist networks and feed, sometimes finance, sometimes are the same as those who make war with us and who kill people every day" in much of northern Africa", Macron said.

"As 60% of the African population is under the age of 25, we want concrete actions, entrepreneurship and strengthening economic relations aimed at creating jobs for young people".

But many think the summit's focus on young people is simply another way of saying, "the migrant crisis". With the population set to double by 2050, European Union leaders are hoping to trigger a renewed relationship with the continent as part of a broader effort to keep people from taking boats to Italy and Europe.

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Delegations from partner countries, the African Union Commission, the European Union Commission, regional and global organizations participated in discussions around the theme "Investing in youth for a sustainable future". "It beggars belief", it tweeted.

He said some of the African delegations did not want civil society groups to take the floor despite pressure from their European Union counterparts.

The former Marseille and Chelsea ace supports the Youth Plug-In Initiative, which brings together 18 Europeans and 18 Africans to act as youth ambassadors in the ongoing Summit.

"It is up to African states to operate on their soil and carry out police operations relating to their sovereignty", Macron said in Ghana's capital Accra on the final leg of his trip.

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Now the fund is financed with €3.1 billion by the European Commission, which has increased its share following lack participation from EU countries, including France and Spain who promised and paid only €3 million euros.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (front) attends the opening ceremony of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on November 29, 2017.

European Union sources earlier said United Nations humanitarian agencies like the IOM had arranged for some 13,000 migrants to return voluntarily to their home countries mainly in sub-Saharan Africa in the previous year after a deal with Libya.

On a national level, South Africa's political and economic relations with the European Union are strong and cordial and the President hoped that next year's summit will further reinforce and cement relations.

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In order to jointly address the dramatic situation of migrants and refugees victims of criminal networks, in particular inside Libya, President Jean-Claude Juncker, and High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat agreed to set up a joint EU-AU-UN Task Force to save and protect lives of migrants and refugees along the routes and in particular inside Libya.

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