Arica-Spain Cooperation Summit 2023, the impulse of “Afroptimism” It is generally agreed that Africa is the world’s last frontier for growth and the continent of the future.
Africa is now open to expand its horizons beyond its traditional partners thanks to a wealth of opportunities, including young, creative and energetic populations, unprecedented growth potential and an exponentially growing middle class.
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Spain has adopted an ambitious strategic framework for its foreign policy ‘in and with Africa’ at a time when other powers have taken a step backwards by partially withdrawing from the continent. The first version of Spain’s foreign policy, Africa Forum 2023, is organised around five strategic objectives: institutional cooperation, security, sustainable development and growth for the benefit of all people.
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To address the challenges facing the continent, such as economic development, decarbonisation, the fight against poverty, women’s empowerment, migration management, peace and economic development, as well as the promotion of good governance, Spain has focused its attention on the African continent. As a result, Spain has been presented with a great opportunity to contribute significantly to African industries that are in high demand for infrastructure, social services, information and technology.