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Congolese president to attend South America-Africa summit

The Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, leaves Brazzaville on Thursday for Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, to attend the summit meeting of the South America-Africa economic partnership scheduled for 22-23 February, a communiqué from the presidency said on Wednesday.

The summit aims at finding solutions to the issues on the link between the African Union (AU) and the Union of Latin American nations.

Discussions at the summit on cooperation between South America and Africa will focus on several themes including trade, investment, tourism, infrastructure, transport and energy, peace and security.

The absence of maritime and air lines linking South America and Africa are seen as challenges impeding trade between the two continents.

The first South America-Africa summit was held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, in 2006 during which the basis for cooperation between the two continents was agreed through the adoption of a Declaration and an action plan that recommended the strengthening of cooperation between the two parties.


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