Development minister heads to Ethiopia to strengthen EU-Africa health cooperation

Belgium's minister for Development Cooperation, Caroline Gennez, will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday evening as part of Belgium's EU presidency.

The comprehensive EU mission, attended by European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides, includes delegates from eight member states. Belgium will lead the discussions and focus primarily on bolstering collaboration between the European and African Union in the health sector.

On Monday, Gennez's schedule will involve summit meetings, including sessions with African Union Health Commissioner Cessouma Minata Samate of Burkina Faso. The discussions with DR Congo's Jean Kaseya, director-general of the African Union Health Agency, will focus on health in the morning and humanitarian discussions in the afternoon.

Anticipated outcomes include signing several cooperation agreements, marking concrete progress in health and EU-Africa collaboration. On Tuesday, the EU delegation, led by Gennez, will visit a safe house for female victims of sexual violence in Addis Ababa, followed by a tour of a lab specialising in vaccines and medication.

On Wednesday, the final day of the trip, Gennez is set to visit Addis Ababa University, talking to students about their perspectives on the future partnership between the European Union and Africa.



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