Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, September 23, 2013

EU-Africa cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation

18 - 19 September 2013. Brussels, Belgium. During two days, several technical as well as policy-oriented meetings took place in Brussels in preparation of the next EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue at the end of November. These meetings brought together participants from the European Commission, African Union Commission as well as several Member States from both sides.

On 18 September experts deliberated on the outcomes of a study 'Identifying successful cooperation models, gaps and effective financial mechanisms' in EU-Africa cooperation on STI. During a stakeholder workshop on the following day at the Embassy of South Africa, the participants considered options for enhancing knowledge and innovation partnerships under the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). In the afternoon, the Bureau of the EU-Africa HLPD took place .

The Bureau is co-chaired by DG Research and Innovation and the current chair of AMCOST, Congo Brazzaville. It made great progress in discussing the EU-Africa HLPD’s agenda, which will have a special focus on the role of science, technology and innovation in promoting 'food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture'.

The Bureau of the Africa-EU High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (HLPD) is currently preparing the second meeting of senior officials of Africa and EU (November 2013).

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