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By J. Mangala

The adoption of the Joint Africa-EU process (JAES) in 2007 used to be a watershed second in Africa-EU family, person who sought to 'reinvent' a ancient dating to satisfy the demanding situations posed by way of complicated interdependencies, increasing globalization, and growing to be pageant, all framed by means of the slow dislocation of the West because the epicenter of global politics. 5 years into its implementation, this publication deals a radical and primary complete research of the JAES, the main complex type of interregionalism obvious up to now.

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The continent-to-continent political dialogue launched in Cairo is often referred to as the “Cairo process,” one of four processes that encapsulate the various policy frameworks that govern EU-Africa relations. A brief comment on each of these processes and frameworks is necessary, at this juncture, to clearly demarcate the points of departure and junction with the Cairo process, of which the JAES is an emanation. 18 Jack Mangala The first framework is the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), which defines the various aspects of the relationship between African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (ACP) and the European Union including development cooperation, trade, and political dimensions.

Following Tywuschik and Sherrif’s nomenclature, the remaining of the section will discuss the role and responsibilities, as well as the implementation and monitoring challenges pertaining to five categories of actors: those that are part of Africa-EU inter-institutional structure, European actors, African actors, representative institutions, and civil society organizations. For each category, I will provide an informative overview rather than a detailed account of the activities and issues that have dominated each actor’s involvement in the JAES.

First, while lead countries are tied to specific partnerships they have chosen to lead; nonlead countries have more flexibility in that regard and can, technically, associate themselves with any partnership in which they have an interest. Second, some partnerships dealing with “sensitive” questions are led by institutional actors, that is, the EU Council and the Commission. Each partnership has an Implementation Team (EU ITs), an instrument that brings together the EC, the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) and member states involved in the partnership to discuss its working.

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