European officials and companies are meeting in Vienna with African leaders for talks on increasing investment in the continent.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte jokes at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte jokes at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, told ORF broadcaster Tuesday that more than 1,000 business people were attending the EU-Africa forum.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte welcomes Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte welcomes Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte welcomes Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte welcomes Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Kurz says he hopes this is a “good start signal for more European investment in Africa so that the African continent, when it comes to investment, isn’t just conceded to the Chinese.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, from left, at the start of the EU Africa Forum in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

African Union Chairman Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were among the leaders on hand for the forum.

Source: The Associated Press