Speaking in Brussels, Ping said that he was optimistic that the AU, South Africa and Southern African Development Community (SADC) would be able to facilitate the correct implementation of the deal. Meanwhile, his counterpart European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, called on the United States to adopt the amended financial bail out plan.
Barroso, Ping and their commissions met in Brussels to strengthen co-operation between the continents. Uppermost in most people’s minds is still the uncertainty in the global markets. Barroso called on those at the center of the storm to do the right thing.
Meanwhile, back in the meeting rooms the two continents’ commissioners discussed priority action needed on issues including migration, energy, human rights and trade.