Countries suspended from the African Union due to forceful military takeovers of power will have no representative at the African Union-European Union Summit in Brussels.
The two-day Summit will be a first EU-AU Summit in four years with a series of thematic roundtables.
Leaders of some 40 African Heads of State and Government will be in attendance but for Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
Officials said the meeting will touch on an investment package to address the urgent challenges of climate change and insufficient healthcare in Africa, as well as the unresolved issue of intellectual property rights for vaccine production in Africa.
The European Investment Bank announced a $70 million package it said will “tackle the impact of Covid-19 and unlock sustainable growth.”
Leaders are expected to discuss how both continents can build greater prosperity and to hold deliberations on tools and solutions to promote stability and security through a renewed peace and security architecture.
A joint declaration on a joint vision for 2030 is expected to be adopted by the participants.