Addis Ababa, September 8th 2009 - European Union (EU) Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Poto.nik, paid a visit to African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the framework of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership signed by the African Union (AU) and the EU at the Lisbon Summit in December 2007.
Commissioner Poto.nick had a meeting with Professor Jean Pierre Ezin, the AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, to discuss the ongoing partnership on science and technology. They reviewed the major fields of cooperation and focused on space research, earth science, environment monitoring as well as peace building partnership. To this regard, Commissioner Poto.nik has been briefed on the Department of Peace and Security Continental Early Warning System (CEWS). The visit focused as well on the role played by High Tech in monitoring environment and climate change. The EU Delegation visited, in this regard, the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD), a programme dedicated to sustainable management of natural resources in AU regions. Commissioner Poto.nick said: .I.m really happy to be here today to promote the implementation of the AU-EU Partnership on Science and Technology. Science is key to address development issues. By partnering with Africa, the EU supports African science and research capacity building..
During the EU Delegation visit, the AU will present the first African woman scientific researchers Award. Commissioner Ezin recalled that Africa is not yet fully committed in promoting women in the field of science. Thus, there is a need to increase participation of women in high level science and research in Africa. Five African women have received a 20000 USD grant. During the ceremony, the first call for research proposals for Africa has been launched. Funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development, 63 million Euros will be allocated for research on health, food and water security and environment, topics identified by the AU Member States, Commissioner Poto.nick reminded.