In early March 2020, after Covid-19 had already begun its journey of destruction around the world, the European Commission published its Comprehensive Strategy with Africa, outlining the region’s plans for its new, stronger relationship with the continent. The commission had earlier stated that 2020 would be a pivotal year for the EU's relationship with Africa as it looked to position itself as a close ally of the region.

The strategy document laid out five top priorities for the EU in Africa: the green transition and improving access to energy; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility...

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