Europafrica Bulletin Issue 33 – March/April 2010

This is the 33nd issue of the Europafrica bulletin, which will give you an up-date on the implementation process of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and other relevant material. The bulletin is issued approximately 10 times a year. Subscribe or Unsubscribe through: www.ecdpm.org/subscriptions. We appreciate any feedback on this newsletter and look forward to your reactions. You may send your comments to: europafrica@ecdpm.org

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MARCH/APRIL BULLETIN CONTENT:

JAES

• GENERAL
• PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP
• GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
• TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP
• ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

• MDGs PARTNERSHIP
• CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP
• MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP
• SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP


Europe

Africa

ACP

Readings

Selection of recent and upcoming events

JAES – GENERAL

Europafrica interview with the AU Ambassador to the EU, H.E. Mahamat Annadif
This interview conducted by Europafrica with the Ambassador of the African Union to EU, H.E. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, focuses on the performance of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) so far, its main added value in comparison to other partnerships, but also the principles challenges of the upcoming EU-Africa Summit for the JAES and the next Action Plan. Read the interview in English and French versions.

“Key Deliverables of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy” – a European Commission document
This document by the European Commission presents a set of actions which offers a sample of the early deliverables and first results of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the 2008-2010 Action Plan, in the eight Africa-EU Partnerships as well as in terms of institutional cooperation. Download this document.

Africa-EU Task Force work for Summit success
EU website.
The 10th meeting of the Africa-EU Task Force, held on 18-19 March in Brussels, brought further progress in consolidating the partnership between the two continents. The main objective of the meeting was to prepare the way for the third Africa-EU Summit that takes place at the end of November 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

ECDPM Scoping Paper “What next for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy? Perspectives on revitalising an innovative framework” in French and Portuguese
The recent ECDPM publication “What next for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy? Perspectives on revitalising an innovative framework” is now available in French and Portuguese versions.

New Joint AUC-EC Communication Strategy on the JAES adopted

At the occasion of the Africa-EU Joint Task Force meeting, on 18-19 March 2010, the European and African Union Commissions adopted a new Joint Communication Strategy on the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership ahead of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit. Read the Strategy here.

European Commission initial Internal Assessment screening and planning of further Communication work on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
This document from the European Commission comes at a time where “the Communication will be instrumental to prepare the third EU-Africa Summit which will take place in Africa on 29-30 Nov.2010. This Summit will take stock of the progress made in the Partnership and in the implementation of its first Action Plan 2008-2010. It will also provide political guidance and impetus for further work, including through the adoption of the Action Plan 2011- 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

ECDPM Summary Report of “EU in Africa” Okra Express Workshop – Brussels, 24 February 2010

In the run-up to the upcoming Africa-EU Summit at the end of 2010, this event provided a timely opportunity to provide an early assessment of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy’s (JAES) main achievements and difficulties encountered in strengthening the political partnership and enhancing cooperation between the two continents. Accordingly, the discussion mainly focused on the state of progress with the implementation of the JAES, including its performance so far in aim of building a new type of political partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

6th Link! Official Newsletter for the EU Delegation to the AU
The 6th Issue of LINK! newsletter mainly focus on two prominent actors of the Africa-EU dialogue, with an interview of H.E. Drastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, and the speech at the EU Parliament of Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner, but also on recent events relevant to the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, such as the 3rd Joint Expert Group meeting for Africa-EU Energy Partnership, the 14th AU Summit and the 6th Joint AU/EU Coordination Committee of the African Peace Facility… Read the 6th Link! – pdf

CONCORD publishes its recommendations for the review of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy

Based on its experience and analysis with regard to the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) process that it has followed from the outset, CONCORD EU-Africa Group presents in this document concrete recommendations on the way forward. CONCORD’s reflection and recommendations are guided by the core objective of a people centred partnership conducive to sustainable development and eradication of poverty on both continents. The three overall recommendations… Read the rest of this entry »

“Partnership for the Poor? The Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Risks and Opportunities” published by VENRO
VENRO website. On the 30th of November 2009, VENRO in Co-operation with CONCORD and Deutsche Welle organised an international conference, “Partnership for the Poor? The Joint Africa-EU Strategy: Risks and Opportunities”. This publication presents the main results of the event. Read the publication

PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

SAIIA-ECDPM meeting “Taking Stock of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy and Africa’s international relations” – Summary report
This year will be a milestone in EU-AU relations. African and European Heads of States will meet at the end of November to discuss the framework guiding the relationship between the two continents, namely the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) and its associated Action Plan. This small meeting, organised by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) discussed the JAES and its current challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

“The AU and Security Sector Reform – A Review of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Policy” – a Friedrich Ebert Foundation Publication

While the AU’s attempt is encouraging, it has shortcomings, and a case can be made that Security Sector Reform (SSR) requires a new approach and mechanism and should be supported in a much more strategic, patient and regional manner. Africa is the largest ‘market’ for SSR and SSR-related services. African ownership, however, remains limited. Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

Third informal Joint Expert Group meeting on the Africa-EU Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights – Addis Ababa, 13-14 April 2010
This third meeting of the informal Joint Expert Group (JEG) on Democratic Governance and Human Rights, held in Addis Ababa on 13-14 April 2010, mainly focuses on the priority actions of the first Action Plan. The main issues of discussion will then include how to develop a Platform for Dialogue on Democratic Governance and Human Rights; the African Governance Architecture and the proposed Human Rights Strategy for Africa; the African Peer Review Mechanism. Read the rest of this entry »

TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

African highways and information superhighways
The Africa and EU in Partnership official website. The Third Meeting of the Steering Committee of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Partnership took place in Tunis, on 7 April, and focused on ways to build and consolidate African infrastructure, which has been labelled a cross-cutting priority for the eight EU-Africa strategic partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »

“Putting Rural Development First! Africa-EU Partnership on Trade, Regional Integration, Infrastructure” – civil society recommendations

Two years after the approval of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, progress in the Partnership on Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure is still lagging behind. Therefore, civil society representatives from Africa and Europe ask to address these shortcomings of the Action Plan 2008–2010 and identify improvements for the next Action Plan. Based on a fruitful discussion at the workshop “Africa-EU Partnership on Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure: Putting Rural Development First” … Read the rest of this entry »

“EU support to Regional Integration in Africa: a shared vision” published on Trade Negotiations Insights
Article from the February issue of joint ECDPM-ICTSD monthly newsletter Trade Negotiations Insights (TNI) , written by Lodewijk Briet, Head of European Union Delegation to South Africa. “Motivated by its own experience over the past fifty years, the European Union (EU) has been a long-standing supporter of regional integration throughout the world, including in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Read the rest of this entry »

EU grants €118m to support regional integration

The EU has just granted four regional organisations of Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) financing worth €118 million to support regional economic integration. The agreement, signed in Nairobi between the EU and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East Africa Community (EAC), and Indian Ocean region, is expected to support a number of regional economic integration and development projects. Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Recommendations for the future of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership
This Recommendation Paper was approved at the 10th meeting of the Joint Africa-EU Task Force, held on 18-19 March in Brussels. It is a revised version of a document initially endorsed at the third Joint Expert Group (JEG) meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), on 23-24 February 2010 in Cairo. It provides a set of recommendations for the future of the JAES and the AAEP that will be submitted to the 14th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika, on the 27th of April 2010, in Luxembourg. Read the Recommendation Paper

MDGs PARTNERSHIP

Development Aid and Millennium Development Goals: Commission calls Member States to get back on track for more and better Aid

EU website.
On 21 April 2010, the EC has adopted an ambitious action plan for EU action to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2009, the EU aid level has slightly decreased and amounted €49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI, making the EU still far from meeting the intermediate collective target of 0,56% GNI by 2010, before reaching 0.7% EU GNI by 2015. The EU remains the most generous global donor… Read the rest of this entry »

7th LINK! on Agriculture and Food Security

The 7th LINK! Newsletter of the EU Delegation to the AU focuses on Agriculture and Food Security, which are among the most critical issues facing Africa. Indeed, more than 70% of its population living in rural areas work in the agricultural sector, while food insecurity has been recently growing alarmingly. Agriculture and Food security are therefore two of the key priority areas for both Africa and its cooperation with the EU. Read the 7th LINK! – pdf

EU looks to Africa and its Women
Spanish Presidency website. The Fifth Meeting of Women for a Better World, to be held in Valencia on 27 and 28 March under the Spanish Presidency of the EU, will be opened by HRH The Queen of Spain and closed by the President of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Read the rest of this entry »

CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

“Where was united Africa in the climate change negotiations?” – Policy Brief published by the Egmont Institute

A political commitment was reached in Copenhagen between five countries: US, China, India Brazil and South Africa. The rest of the conference simply “took note of it”, most with resignation, many with anger. This policy brief will have a closer look at the climate change negotiations from an African perspective. It will try to answer three questions to see whether the outcome of the negotiations was as unacceptable as South Africa said it was… Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

Africa opens another chapter in Fight against Human Trafficking
On the 24th of March 2010, Africa has launched in Abuja (Nigeria) a new two-pronged campaign to operationalise its four-year old continental instrument to address the challenges of trafficking in persons, particularly women and children through regional workshops and the launching of the African UnionÕs Initiative against Trafficking (AU.COMMIT) in the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The latest initiative, a joint programme of the African Union, ECOWAS… Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

African Media Initiative to coordinate the creation of the Pan-African Media Portal
AllAfrica.com. The Commission of the African Union (AUC) and the European Union (EU) convened a joint meeting of experts in Addis Ababa, March 23-25, on the theme “Media and Development”. The meeting brought together over fifty high profile participants representing journalists, media owners, media development practitioners, and journalism schools involved in the development of the sector in Africa and Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

“EU-Africa Research Collaboration Workshop on the Social Sciences and Humanities” – Final Outcomes
Together with the INCO-Net on sub-Saharan Africa (CAAST-Net, Network for the Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science & Technology Cooperation), Directorate RTD.L organised on 3-5 March 2010 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) a workshop with African and European scholars specialised in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH). The 35 experts discussed issues relevant for sub-Saharan Africa, such as habitats/cities/migration, local heritage and sustainable development. Read the rest of this entry »

Official Launch of the New Euroafrica-ICT Website!
The FP7/ICT EuroAfrica-ICT.org initiative is a European project spanning over 24 months (2010-2011) with the aim of supporting policy dialogues and strengthening cooperation on ICT research between Europe and (sub-Saharan) Africa (as part of the Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy) . This new project is defined in full continuity with and builds upon the substantial results obtained and the significant momentum created by two previous initiatives: the FP6/IST START (2006-2008) and the FP7/ICT EuroAfriCa-ICT (2008-2009) projects … Read the rest of this entry »

New broadband network for Africa approved
SciDevNet. Funding for the first phase of an initiative to connect African research centres and link them to an existing European network has been approved by the European Commission. The approval follows a report that identified sufficient IT infrastructure in Africa to support the AfricaConnect Initiative, which aims to improve research collaborations and access to information (as part of the Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy). Read the rest of this entry »

EUROPE

Development Aid and Millennium Development Goals: European Commission calls Member States to get back on track for more and better aid
EU website. On 21 April 2010, the EC has adopted an ambitious action plan for EU action to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2009, the EU aid level has slightly decreased and amounted €49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI, making the EU still far from meeting the intermediate collective target of 0,56% GNI by 2010, before reaching 0.7% EU GNI by 2015. The EU remains the most generous global donor. Read the rest of this entry »

Setting up the European External Action Service: Building a comprehensive approach to EU external action” a joint ECDPM-ODI publication
This paper aims to contribute to a more inclusive and better informed debate ahead of the final decision on the set-up of the European External Action Service (EEAS). It presents a set of criteria to guide an assessment of the new institutional arrangements and mandates from a development perspective, highlights some of the issues that are being discussed and lays out a series of options. Read the paper here»

CONCORD’s recommendations for safeguarding development policy principles and objectives in the future EU institutional framework
Following the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, EU member states together with the European Parliament are discussing the implementation of the Treaty, including the creation of the new European External Action Service (EEAS). CONCORD has identified a number of principles that should be at the core of the institutional reforms process and a number of safeguards that should be put in place while deciding on the new institutional structures. Read CONCORD’s principles and related safeguards and recommendations in this document.

The EU in International Affairs Conference 2010 – Brussels, 22-24 April 2010
This conference will provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas in understanding the interface of EU and international politics and law and will attempt to foster exchange between the academic and policy communities. It will broadly cover all aspects relevant to understanding the EU in international affairs, and will notably dedicate several sessions to EU-Africa relations, including within the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

AFRICA

African Governance Architecture meeting adopts Way Forward
African Union website. The Meeting on the African Governance Architecture, held in Banjul (Gambia) from 15th to 17th of March, ended with the participants adopting report and the framework on the African Governance Architecture. The meeting also agreed that an African Governance Platform should be set up. Regarding the way forward, the following will constitute the tentative guiding action-plan: appointment of focal points from all core institutions and … Read the rest of this entry »

“African Stakeholders further define the way forward during a technical meeting in Banjul” – ECDPM informal report
Following initial consultations in 2009, the AUC has embarked on a structured process to strengthen the governance infrastructure on the continent, through the establishment of the so-called African Governance Architecture (AGA). On 15-17 March, a technical meeting in Banjul (Gambia) considered how to further operationalise the AGA. Participants proposed the formation of an informal, multi-actor forum to facilitate joint action and encourage better coordination among African institutions… Read the rest of this entry »

African Governance Institute meeting on “Current African Thinking on Developmental Governance” – Summary report
The African Governance Institute (AGI) organized a high level Seminar on “Current African Thinking on Developmental Governance”, in Dakar, from 10-12 March 2010. This meeting was in line with AGI’s activities in policy dialogue and advocacy for democratic governance and was a follow up to its inaugural workshop held in November 2009. During that workshop, the AGI and its partners had established the objectives of conceptualizing and promoting democratic governance, among others, within a genuinely African perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Wade calls for a United States of Africa modeled on the EU
Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade on Saturday 3rd of April called for the creation of a United States of Africa during the unveiling of a controversial statue which he said marked the moment for the continent to “take off”. “The time has arrived for Africa to take off,” he said in a speech at… Read the rest of this entry »

Restoring Africa’s Innate Self-Confidence
AllAfrica.com.
Africa is still to record a balance sheet that answers the spirit of seeking a better life and economic independence, more than half a century after gaining political independence. Regardless of the many problems the continent faces, Charles Ebugre, the UN Millennium Campaign deputy director for Africa says lack of self-confidence, self-belief and failure to appreciate and recognise the importance of the nationalist movement that brought independence to most countries on the continent some 50 years ago is largely responsible for the appalling conditions for the majority of the poor in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

ECA/AUC Economic Report on Africa 2010: Promoting High-Level Sustainable Growth to reduce Unemployment in Africa

African countries must prioritise the creation of decent jobs as a central pillar of macroeconomic policy in order to attain the MDGs and eradicate poverty, according to the recently published UN Economic Commission for Africa / African Union Commission joint Economic Report on Africa (ERA) 2010. ERA 2010 argues that the current global economic crisis offers African countries an opportunity to lay the foundation for sustainable, employment intensive, high growth rates. The report also argues for structural transformation as the mechanism for achieving high employment growth. Read the rest of this entry »

World Economic Forum on Africa: Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy – 5-7 May 2010, in Dar Es Salaam
The economic crisis has led to a reassessment of the systems governing global cooperation, financial architecture and policies linked to trade and climate change, and is a wake-up call to speed up implementation of long-discussed reforms. In this complex and evolving landscape, emerging markets, including those from Africa, are among the first to show signs of a recovery and are forecast to increasingly contribute to global growth in the next decade. How are leaders rising to the challenge and using the crisis as an opportunity to redesign a sustainable roadmap for Africa’s future within the new global economy? Read the rest of this entry »

10th OECD/AFDB International Economic Forum on Africa – 11 June 2010, in Paris
Organised by the OECD Development Centre and the African Development Bank, the International Forum on African Perspectives has grown to become the largest and most important annual event on Africa in Europe. The 2010 Forum includes a full day of talks centred on two panels. The first will look at the continent’s macroeconomic outlook and the investment landscape. The second will explore the special theme of the 2010 African Economic Outlook (AEO), specifically “Public Resource Mobilization” and what, if anything, they mean for development. Read the rest of this entry »

Tony Blair: “Africa must promote Investment to develop”
Reuters Africa.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair, on Thursday 1st of April 2010, added his voice to calls for African development strategies to go beyond aid, saying a predictable and transparent business environment was critical to sustainable development. Blair whose African Governance Initiative advises three African governments, said developing countries needed to do more to promote government accountability, battle graft and create a “one-stop shop” for frontier investors. Read the rest of this entry »

Workshop on “China, Africa and the European Union: an uneasy relationship?” 21-22 April 2010, Antwerp
Nowhere in the world is China’s rapid rise to power more evident than in Africa. From multi-billion dollar investments in oil and minerals to the influx of thousands of merchants, labourers and cheap consumer goods, China’s economic and political reach is redefining Africa’s traditional ties with the international community. Since 2007 the EC has therefore been working towards the establishment of a trilateral partnership between Europe, China and Africa on issues such as peace, stability and sustainable development in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa needs homegrown Science Agenda
Business Daily (Nairobi).
Equatorial Guinea surprised many people when it volunteered to host the African Observatory for Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) in February last year.  The tiny West African country, better known for its soaring oil revenues and rocky politics than for its science and technology, seemed an unlikely candidate for the facility, which will gather data on Africa’s science, technology and innovation capabilities. Read the rest of this entry »

ACP

Second revision of the Cotonou Agreement initialled: renewed impetus in the fight against poverty
EU website. On 19th of March 2010, the EC and the ACP group concluded the 2nd revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA). As a result of fruitful dialogue since mid-2009, ACP-EU cooperation will be adapted to today’s challenges, such as climate change, food security, State fragility, aid effectiveness and regional integration. Regarding Africa, the revised CPA puts more emphasis on the continental dimension than in the past, and the AU becomes a partner of the EU-ACP relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

“Revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement: what parliamentarians need to know” – a CONCORD Briefing Paper
This CONCORD Briefing Paper -not to be confused with the report published in February, before the conclusion of the revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA)- was submitted to the ACP and EU Parliamentarians at the occasion of their 19th Joint Assembly on the 27th of March. CONCORD expresses “serious concerns on the lack of transparency of this revision. Full transparency would enable a better involvement of the European Parliament, the JPA, ACP national Parliaments and civil society in the EU and ACP countries Read the rest of this entry »


Members of parliament of the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States request a single financial instrument for development

Spanish Presidency website. The Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, opened the 19th ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly on Monday in Tenerife, together with the two co-presidents of this body, Louis Michel and Charles Milupi, with 400 representatives from the EU and 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific nations taking part in the event. Read the rest of this entry »

READINGS

“Aid to Africa: What can the EU and China Learn from Each Other?” – a SAIIA report
With China’s increasing role in Africa, the issue of aid to Africa has been high on the China–EU agenda and the subject of considerable debate. This occasional paper focuses on one area of potential co-operation, i.e. China’s and the EU’s aid policies towards Africa, by examining their different approaches to aid and the internal logic behind these differences in order to facilitate mutual understanding. Read the rest of this entry »

Minutes of European Report on Development Research Workshop on “Poverty, Inequality and Social Protection in Africa”
In the framework of the initiative “Mobilizing European Research for Development Policies”, the EC/DG DEV organized a research workshop with the aim to present and discuss the draft outline, literature review and list of background papers in the context of the preparation process of the European Report on Development (ERD) 2010. Participants included researchers from Europe and abroad (including from Sub-Saharan Africa) as well as representatives from the EU Member States, EC services, international organizations and civil society. Read the rest of this entry »


“Europe’s contribution to anti-corruption efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa” – EPC Policy Brief
Following on from the publication of the World Bank Report on ‘quiet corruption in Africa’, this Policy Brief by the European Policy Centre (EPC) says corruption is costing African economies $148 billion a year as lax regulations allow socially-irresponsible European companies to milk many Sub-Saharan African countries of their assets. The authors John T Kaninda and Stefan Schepers describe how the European Union is planning to tackle the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

“Quiet and Lethal: How quiet Corruption undermines Africa’s Development efforts” – World Bank’s Africa Development Indicators 2010 Report

This year’s Africa Development Indicators essay sheds light on “quiet corruption” – the failure of public servants to deliver goods or services paid for by governments – is pervasive and widespread across Africa and is having a disproportionate effect on the poor, with long-term consequences for development, according to a new report from the World Bank. Read the rest of this entry »

SELECTION OF RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

3-4 March: Conference “Joining up Africa: regional economic integration in Africa” (London, United Kingdom)
5-6 March: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Cairo, Egypt)
7 March: European Union – Morocco Summit (Granada, Spain)
7-10 March: High-level Conference on the Development of Agrobusiness and Agro-industries in Africa (Abuja, Nigeria)
7-10 March: Fourth ordinary session of the African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (Cairo, Egypt)
9 March: Climate Change Africa-EU Partnership – EU Implementation Team meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
11 March: “Taking Stock of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy and Africa’s International Relations”, a SAIIA-ECDPM experts workshop (Pretoria, South Africa)
12 March: Climate Change Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
12 March: MDG Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Addis Ababa)
15-17 March: Technical Meeting on the African Governance Architecture (Banjul, The Gambia)
15-19 March: Better Training for Food Safety – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Casablanca, Morocco)
16 March: Migration, Mobility & Employment Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
18-19 March: EU-Africa Joint Task Force Meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
23 March: EU-IGAD Political Dialogue Meeting at Ministerial level (Brussels, Belgium)
23-25 March: Media and Development in Africa: Expert Meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
24-26 March: Workshop on “Operationalising the Africa-EU Plan of Action to combat Trafficking in Human Beings, especially Women and Children” (Abuja, Nigeria)
25-26 March: AfDB Seminar on “China’s increasing engagement in Africa in the aftermath of the financial crisis” (Tunis, Tunisia)
25 -30 March: 3rd Joint Meeting of the AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Lilongwe, Malawi)
29-31 March: 2010 Africa-Europe Youth Summit preparation: Southern Africa Sub Regional Seminar on Youth Policies and the African Youth Charter (Luanda, Angola)
7 April: EU-Africa Infrastructure Partnership – Steering Committee meeting
13-14 April: Africa-EU Democratic Governance and Human Rights Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
15 April: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – EU Implementation Team meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
19-23 April: Better Training for Food Safety – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Kampala, Uganda)
21-23 April: 6th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform Meeting (Johannesburg, South Africa)
27 April: 14th Africa-EU Ministerial Troika (Luxembourg)
28-30 April: Africa-EU workshop on Employment and Decent Work in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
18-21 May: Science, Information Society and Space Africa-EU Partnership – Joint Expert Group meeting and IST-Africa 2010 Conference & Exhibition (Durban, South Africa)
20-21 May 2010: EPA Negotiations Coordination Meeting (Abuja, Nigeria)
24-28 May: Better Training for Food Safety regional workshop – Regional workshop on food hygiene inspection (Bamako, Mali)
25-26 May: Diaspora African Forum (Accra, Ghana)
9 June: AU-EU College-to-College meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

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