Forty-eight sub-Saharan African countries – including Indian Ocean nations – belong to the EU's comprehensive Cotonou Agreement (2000-20). This covers different types of cooperation including: development initiatives, trade and economic exchanges and cooperation of a more political nature.
Although a member of the Cotonou Agreement, South Africa has its own strategic partnership with the EU. Poverty eradication and sustainable development are priorities. Sub-Saharan African countries are also part of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership which is trailblazing cooperation between the two continents based on a shared vision and common principles.