The Reference Group on Infrastructure (RGI) under the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) aims to provide strategic orientation to the infrastructure agenda of the AU-EU Partnership, specifically in the areas of energy, transport, water and digitalisation. The group brings together the European and African Union Commissions, AU and EU Member States, financial institutions, regional economic communities and sectoral/thematic institutions.
The 6th Meeting of the Reference Group on Infrastructure (RGI), held in Addis Ababa on 17-18 May 2018, focused on AU-EU cooperation in the areas identified by the 2018-2020 Africa-EU infrastructure agenda across sectors including energy, water, transport and digitalisation. It also followed the priority areas of the Africa-EU Partnership identified during the 5th AU-EU Summit.
Find here the Joint Conclusions of the 6th Meeting of the RGI.
During the 5th AU-EU Summit, held in Abidjan in November 2017, AU and EU Heads of State and Government adopted four strategic priority areas for the Africa-EU Partnership; one of these was 'Mobilising investments for African structural sustainable transformation'. Four key challenges linked to this priority area have redefined the scope of the RGI's work. They are:
- Energising Africa
- Digitalising Africa
- Interconnecting Africa
- Scaling up investment in Africa
Themes such as climate change, gender, youth and employment generation are mainstreamed under an integrated multisectoral approach.
The role of sustainable, safe and resilient infrastructure development is key for job creation. It offers opportunities for the youth to integrate into the labour market, and enjoy greater inter-African and urban mobility, while benefiting freely from technological progress in an increasingly interconnected world.