The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) Reference Group on Infrastructure (RGI) will meet at its 6th annual meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 17-18 May 2018. The central theme of the meeting, "Mobilising Investments for African structural sustainable transformation", is one of the guiding strategic priorities adopted at the 5th African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) Summit held in Abidjan in November 2017.
The key challenges under this priority are: Energising Africa, Digitalising Africa, Interconnecting Africa and Investment scale-up. Themes such as climate change, gender, youth and employment generation are mainstreamed under an integrated multi-sectoral approach.
The RGI is mandated to steer the strategic Infrastructure Roadmap in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. At their 6th annual meeting, the Group will address the 2018-2020 Africa-EU infrastructure agenda across sectors (energy, water, transport, and digitalisation). The Group calls for strategic coordination and agreement between partners on actions related to the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the potential of digitalisation, investment promotion, climate change and the role the new European Investment Plan is expected to play for quality infrastructure investment and delivery.