By J. Mangala
The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU method (JAES) in 2007 was once a watershed second in Africa-EU kin, one who sought to 'reinvent' a historic courting to satisfy the demanding situations posed by way of advanced interdependencies, increasing globalization, and transforming into festival, all framed by means of the sluggish dislocation of the West because the epicenter of global politics. 5 years into its implementation, this ebook bargains an intensive and primary finished research of the JAES, the main complex kind of interregionalism noticeable so far.
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42 This new coordination instrument has been added to existing Council working groups and committees, such as the ACP Group and the European Development Fund (EDF) Committee, which also deal with African issues. Despite the pan-African focus provided by COAFR, there are clearly overlap concerns that will have to be worked out as the JAES evolves and the Council’s implementation and monitoring instruments mature. JAES institutional architecture provides for one member state to act as the “lead country” for a specific partnership whose work it facilitates by liaising closely with all stakeholders involved in that partnership.
In fact, what the EU is promoting is a model of economic liberalization across the African continent and, in the process, attempting to secure for itself continued market access and privileged economic status in the continent’s emerging markets. ”57 Beyond the rhetoric on equal partnership and common values, it is substantively argued, EU policy toward Africa is strongly realist in tone. The Liberal Approach Contrary to the realist approach, a liberal lecture of EU-Africa relations underlines the fact that cooperation is necessary and desirable not merely in pursuit of self-interest but as part of a wider agenda for peace, justice, and equality, where power and politics are supplanted by an institutionalized framework to support dialogue and enhance the achievement of core values, including democracy and the rule of law.
41 Another internal coordination instrument has been established by the DG DEV with the creation of eight focal points (one for each partnership) tasked with preparing EC inputs into the JAES annual implementation reports. Unlike the EC, which represents the interests of the Union, the Council brings member states’ perspectives into the functioning of EU institutions. 42 This new coordination instrument has been added to existing Council working groups and committees, such as the ACP Group and the European Development Fund (EDF) Committee, which also deal with African issues.
Africa and the European Union: A Strategic Partnership by J. Mangala