VALLETTA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The European Union must make more investment in Africa to ensure Europe's continued prosperity and security, Malta's President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said at the Arraiolos Group meeting on Friday.
Thirteen Non-Executive Presidents of the European Union gathered in Malta from Thursday to Friday to debate European inclusiveness with respect to poverty and social injustices of European citizens and refugees.
Preca proposed the need to invest in Africa because she believed it will be of benefit to Europe too. "We need to look at Africa as a continent of opportunity. Europeans had colonized Africa and it was, and still is, a continent of opportunity," Preca said.
"We can start creating green jobs for young people of Africa and, yes, it will take a long time but it would also be a chance to empower the women of Africa too," she explained.
"Furthermore, there must be more investment, on behalf of Europe, in the security of the Euro-Mediterranean Region. There can be no positive peace in our European Union without strongly promoting and prioritizing the stability and harmony of the Mediterranean area," she added. Enditem