African leaders fly to Vienna for Africa-Europe high level forum Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 3, 2021


African leaders are flying to Vienna, Austria, for the Africa-Europe high level forum taking place on Monday and Tuesday.
 
The forum is hosted by the Austrian government on behalf of the European Union and the African Union and would promote innovation and digitalization.

Digitization, both continents believe, is an important enabler of development that should benefit everyone.

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According to the organizers, the forum aims at assessing “how current partnerships between Africa and Europe contribute to this goal, complementing the ongoing implementation of the joint declaration of the 2017 Abidjan Summit between the African Union and the European Union”.

In a statement, Nigeria said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would be in attendance where he would be speaking about taking cooperation to the digital age’.

 During his trip to Vienna, Prof. Osinbajo would hold a town-hall meeting with the Nigerian community in Austria; and also attend several bilateral meetings with European government leaders, including the Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Andrej Babis; Prime Minister of Finland, H.E. Juha Petri Sipilä; the Federal Chancellor of Austria, His Excellency, Sebastian Kurz; and the UK Minister for Africa, Harriet Baldwin.
 
Prof. Osinbajo would also meet with top officials of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
The Vice President leaves Abuja late Sunday night and is expected back on Tuesday.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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