According to the Roadmap 2014-2017 agreed at the 4th EU-Africa Summit in 2014, the strategic objective in this area of cooperation is to promote human capital development and knowledge; skills based societies and economies, in particular by strengthening the links between education, training, science and innovation, and better manage mobility of people.
Science, technology and innovation
EU-Africa cooperation on science, technology and innovation (STI) is contributing to the attainment of all other socio-economic development objectives, including Sustainable Development Goals targets.
Key objectives in this area of cooperation are reinforced cooperation between research communities, creation of joint academic research programmes and the development of a long-term, jointly funded research and innovation partnership with a focus on food and nutrition security.
Higher education plays a crucial role for economic and social development in catalysing sustainable development by producing high quality human resources and in disseminating the results of scientific and technical research.
Key objectives of Africa-EU cooperation in the area of higher education are the promoting top-quality mobility of African and European students, scholars, researchers as well as the support to the development of centres of excellence in Africa, particularly through the Pan-African University.
Mobility, migration and employment
Migration and mobility can bring benefits to Africa and the EU and a comprehensive approach to both issues is a powerful vehicle for boosting sustainable economic, social and environmental development.
Key objectives of Africa-EU cooperation in this area include the fostering of synergies between migration and development, i.e. by reducing the costs of remittances and enhancing the engagement of the diaspora, the improved organisation of labour mobility as well as enhanced cooperation to address the trafficking in human beings and irregular migration, and collaboration on international protection and asylum.
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