In December 2007, at the second EU-Africa summit held in Lisbon, Portugal, leaders of the two continents adopted the ‘Joint EU-Africa strategy.’ Based on that the two continents have agreed to set out shared objectives and cooperation in eight different areas: peace and security; democratic
Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia, Tanzania and Gabon occupy the top five places of the inaugural A.T. Kearney African Retail Development Index (ARDI). South Africa ranks seventh due to the developed nature of its retail market.
Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda said they will send a stabilization and protection force to the troubled state of South Sudan as early as mid-April this year. At the end of the 25th extraordinary session of the IGAD assembly of Heads of State and Government, chief South Sudan mediator Amb. Seyoum Mesfin said, “we want to see the effective implementation of this mechanism at the earliest possible time.”