By J. Mangala
The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU technique (JAES) in 2007 used to be a watershed second in Africa-EU family, one who sought to 'reinvent' a historic courting to fulfill the demanding situations posed through advanced interdependencies, increasing globalization, and growing to be pageant, all framed through the slow dislocation of the West because the epicenter of global politics. 5 years into its implementation, this e-book bargains a radical and primary complete research of the JAES, the main complex type of interregionalism noticeable so far.
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40 European Actors Among European actors engaged with the JAES, a special mention must be made of the role played by the EC, the EU Council, EU member states, and the EU delegation to the AU as well as EC delegations in various African countries. In keeping with its executive and implementation responsibilities under EU’s treaties, the EC is in charge of “facilitating” the JAES, whose implementation is, ultimately, a joint EC-EU member-states responsibility. Given the depth and scope of the JAES, several EC Directorates-General are involved with its 32 Jack Mangala implementation on the basis of an internal shared responsibility.
Members of the AUC Africa Task Force also serve on various African Implementation Teams (AF ITs). This institutional arrangement is aimed at fostering better coherence between AU’s commitments and policies and the JAES implementation. 47 It is in particular owing to this late reason that the AUC hosted two consultative meetings with member states in 2008 aimed at encouraging their involvement in the thematic partnerships and the overall implementation of the JAES. 48 This situation, which indicated a low level of prioritization of the JAES on the agenda of many African countries, led to delays in enlisting lead and participant countries for each partnership as well as establishing AF ITs.
The added value of such participation has been particularly underscored in areas which are at the heart of RECs’ mission, namely trade and regional integration. Even though the AUC and the EC have undertaken initiatives aimed at mobilizing RECs’ participation, the latter has not yet reached a level that would attest of RECs’ commitment to the JAES vision. ”49 The capability differential noted between the AUC and the EU Commission is even more acute when one compares the EU Delegation to the AU with the AU Permanent Mission to the EU, another African structure expected to play an important role in following up the implementation of the JAES—a responsibility that fits within its overall mandate of monitoring Africa-EU relations and serving as a communication channel between the two commissions.
Africa and the European Union: A Strategic Partnership by J. Mangala