Central and Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and sub-Saharan Africa have started to re-engage with each other after many years of limited interaction following the end of the Cold War. While renewed partnership will not become a top priority for countries on either side, it is likely that mutual interest will remain at higher levels than in the past three decades.

Some core challenges to be tackled include limited high-level political commitment for strengthening relations; low awareness about current realities in the two regions; lack of sufficient institutional and organizational mechanisms for advancing bilateral trade and investment; uncertain positioning of CEE countries within the EU and in their relationship with Western European countries in Africa; and hesitation on the European Commission’s side to facilitate participation of CEE actors in the EU’s Africa and development policies and practices.

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