President Barroso ahead of the meeting said: "Fulfilling the vision set out in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the summit will deepen our partnership of equals and seize further cooperation opportunities by expanding political, economic and people to people contacts. This includes the pursuit of durable and sustainable economic growth generating opportunities and well-being for all our citizens".
The 4th EU-Africa summit will take place in Brussels on 2-3 April under the theme "Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace".
Building on the spirit of their 2007 Joint Strategy, Africa and the European Union will discuss as equal partners how to deepen cooperation under these three areas.
The European Union will be represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.
On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit in Brussels, the 5th EU-Africa Business Forum will take place in Brussels on 31 March - 1 April. The EU-Africa Forum is expected to adopt recommendations which will be delivered to the Heads of State and Government Summit. Vice-President Antonio Tajani, will give a speech to set the scene for discussions (10h45) on 31 March.