Thursday, 15 May, 2014
Less than one month after the EU-Africa Summit 2014, the expert working group of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation was kicked off in Brussels on 30 April. The group consists of 10 EU and African high level experts from the domain of agricultural research and innovation for development and is tasked with developing a detailed roadmap concretely defining the scope and outlining the different steps to be taken towards this new partnership.
As a first step, the experts have been asked to look into the major common challenges between the EU and Africa in the domain of food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture and how science, technology and innovation could support tackling the issues at stake. The impact of the partnership must be of mutual benefit, albeit with different dimensions. This is by no means an easy exercise and several meetings, either virtual or physical are foreseen to accompany the process between now and November.
The end result should be an operational roadmap that can be translated into actions to be funded by all the stakeholders concerned including the European Commission, the African Union Commission, the European and African countries or the private sector. These actions should give rise to a truly co-owned and jointly financed research and innovation partnership.
The conclusions of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation (November 2013) which includes the establishment of the expert working group were endorsed by the Heads of State and Government at the EU-Africa Summit 2014.
The ten experts were selected between January and March 2014, on the basis of a thorough set of selection criteria jointly established by the European Commission, African Union Commission and European and African countries that are all members of the EU-Africa HLPD Bureau (Congo Brazzaville, Namibia, Nigeria, Algeria, Burundi, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Lithuania, Greece, Italia, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Portugal).
The roadmap is foreseen to be ready by November 2014.
For more information: Nienke Buisman, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, International Cooperation Department, policy-officer EU-Africa cooperation on science, technology and innovation.