Europafrica Bulletin Issue 36 – July 2010

This is the 36th 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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Your ECDPM Team

JULY 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

Readings

Selection of recent and upcoming events

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GENERAL

Europafrica Interview with Philippe Darmuzey, Head of the Unit “Panafrican Issues & Institutions, Governance & Migration” at the EU Commission
Following Europafrica’s interview with the then African Union’s Representative to the EU, H.E. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, available in Issue 33 of the bulletin, Europafrica posed the same questions regarding the Joint Africa-EU Strategy to Mr. Philippe Darmuzey, Head of the Unit “Panafrican Issues & Institutions, Governance & Migration” at the European Commission. Mr. Darmuzey’s written reply to them in French and its English translation is just a click away. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Africa-EU Summit to Focus on Economic Growth, Security
According to The Tripoli Post the third Africa-European Union summit scheduled to be held in Libya late this year will focus on the economic growth and peace and security of the African continent, a top official of the African Union (AU) Commission said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Piebalgs pushes for tangible results on maternal and child health at the African Union Summit
EU
From 24th to 26th July, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will address the 15th African Union (AU) Summit in Kampala, Uganda. Maternal, infant and child health will be the core theme of the meeting gathering the 53 African Union Member States. Read the rest of this entry »

VENRO Workshop “Civil Society and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy”
VENRO website
. On the 15th and 16th July, VENRO and the Ethiopian NGO umbrella association Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) are organising a joint meeting of European and African civil society with representatives of the African Union and the European Commission. “Civil Society and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy” is the title of the workshop. Read the rest of this entry »

How EU’s action helps the poorest countries to develop
EU website.
The European Commission adopted its Annual Report 2010 on the implementation of EU’s development and external assistance policies in 2009. Programmes and projects led by the Commission reached around 140 developing countries. Specific instruments were set up to help the world’s poorest to face the triple economic, food and environmental crisis and delivered results. Read the rest of this entry »


PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

AU military chiefs draw Somalia war plan
Daily Monitor (Kampala)
A key Somalia strategy meeting is underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with military chiefs from across Africa expected to hammer out a plan of action to confront the crisis in the war-torn country. Read the rest of this entry »

Uganda defence spending to grow with Somalia ‘war’
The EastAfrican
A shift in Uganda’s foreign policy towards Somalia will most likely increase its defence spending once the country starts a military offensive against the Al Shabaab, the East African extension of the Al Qaeda terrorist group. Read the rest of this entry »

July Issue of the ISS Peace and Security Council Report briefs on the EU Lisbon Treaty’s implications on Africa-EU Relations on Peace and Security
Institute for Security Studies website
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The July Issue of the ISS Peace and Security Council (PSC) Report provides a brief on the EU Lisbon Treaty’s implications on Africa-EU relations in Peace and Security as well as a short African Union Pre-Summit Analysis.
The ISS’ monthly PSC Report seeks to provide publicly available and informative analysis on the work of the AU Peace and Security Council from a civil society and research institution perspective – independent from the AU and its Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

EU using legal loophole to send 150 m euros in aid to Sudan
The Earth Time Online
Despite the government’s refusal to sign key documents, the EU is sending aid to victims of conflict. EU aid to ACP countries is governed by the Cotonou Agreement on human rights and development. Read the rest of this entry »


GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

EU demands that Chad arrests Omar al-Bashir
Newstime Africa
The European Union has asked the government in Chad to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir after he ignored a genocide warrant on a visit to the country. The International Criminal Court has issued two warrants against Bashir for crimes committed in west Darfur. There was an international row over the presence of genocide accused President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan as he took his place among African leaders at a regional summit here. Read the rest of this entry »

PAP pushes for African Charter
Eyewitness News
The Pan African Parliament is pushing African countries to ratify a charter that will bring a new order of governance to the continent. The African Union already red cards unconstitutional changes of government but this measure will bring Africa in line with most progressive countries in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

African nations threaten to quit Kimberley
IBTimes
All diamond producing African nations are now rallying behind Zimbabwe threatening to leave the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme if Zimbabwe was not allowed to market its diamonds freely. African countries, led by diamond rich Namibia, have already conveyed this decision to the KP. Read the rest of this entry »


TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

European financial markets chief pledges Africa protection
Afrique en ligne
Europe’s top internal markets official, Michel Barnier, has pledged to institute special measures to protect African countries from speculation, which is responsible for the fall in key commodity prices and the rise in food prices. Read the rest of this entry »

EU invests 20 million euros into COMRAP
The Post Online
The European Union (EU) has invested about 20 million euros into the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African Regional Agro Inputs Programme (COMRAP) meant to help enhance food production and marketing in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

SADC non-state actors call for continuation of EPA negotiations towards comprehensive agreements
European Economic and Social Committee
Delegates at the 10th Regional Seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups organised by the EESC in Gaborone, Botswana, on June 28-30 debated the EPA negotiations with the SADC region, the impact of the financial and economic crisis on Africa, food security and the role of non-state actors in implementing the Cotonou Agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

Historic EAC Common Market is Finally Here!
The African Executive website
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1st July 2010 marks the commencement of the operationalisation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market.  Following the completion of the ratification of the Protocol on the Common Market, the complex and long march towards transforming the EAC region into a Common or Single Market begins with resolve and fervour. Read the rest of this entry »


ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Ghana, Burkina Faso Push For Energy Supply
Government of Ghana
Donor countries and institutions such as the World Bank and European Union (EU) have been called upon to urgently release funds to begin the long awaited interconnection Project. Read the rest of this entry »

NGOs slam EU-Brazil plans to develop biofuels in Africa
EUobserver
EU and Brazilian leaders are set to announce a new “triangular co-operation” initiative, under which they will aim to work together in some of the world’s poorest countries, but NGOs say the duo’s scheme is self-centred and will simply make conditions worse. Read the rest of this entry »

First High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, 14-15 September 2010, Vienna, Austria
Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) website
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The First High Level Meeting on 14-15 September 2010 will be the first of its kind, bringing together leading politicians and decision-makers from Africa and Europe. At the event, a road map as well as concrete targets for the AEEP’s future work will be endorsed. Read the rest of this entry »


MDGs PARTNERSHIP

Nigeria: Assembly mobilises support for MDGs
The Nigerian Tribune Online
The House of Representatives is billed to hold a public hearing on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this week, as part of efforts aimed at reviewing its progress. Idowu Samuel, examines the unaddressed issues of MDGs by the legislature. At the break of the present millennium in 2000, one major fear that reverberated in the considerations of world leaders was the imminence of a heavy pang of poverty likely to lead the world to doom sooner than expected. It was imperative that they should act quickly to prevent poverty from spreading uncontrollably. Read the rest of this entry »

Growth is key to African development says Brown
NEPAD
Africa can become a new source of dynamism in the global economy if it bases its poverty reduction strategies on continuous and sustained growth, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, said in Kampala. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe must push for a healthy Africa
European Parliament
The World Cup is over and life in Africa is returning to normal, but it is anything but “fair play” with life expectancy for some 30 to 40 years less than for Europeans. There are many reasons, from bad governance, the financial crisis and climate change to natural disasters, extreme poverty, wars and greed. Read the rest of this entry »


CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

AU to assist poor countries in environmental challenges
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
The African Union Commission is working on a strategy to enable African countries mitigate the devastating effects of climate change. Head of Environment, Water and Natural Resources at the African Union Commission Dr Khalil Timamy says poor countries on the continent will be enabled through a kitty to put in place mitigation measures. Read the rest of this entry »

AUC-NEPAD and Stakeholders sign CAADP Compact Agreement with Burkina Faso
CAADP/NEPAD
The African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Development Partners and the Private Sector have signed a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Program (CAADP) country compact agreement with the Government of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. Read the rest of this entry »


MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

European Women Entrepreneurs pledge Support for African Counterparts
Inter Press Service (IPS) website
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Senegalese businesswoman Marie Thiaré makes her business cards by hand, because she has no way to have them printed — a sharp contrast with the situation faced by women entrepreneurs in Europe, where it is easy to order business cards, and most people even have their own home computer and printer. Thiaré was speaking to a June 25-27 meeting of women entrepreneurs from Europe and Africa who met in Madrid to discuss how to replicate in the economy the advances that have been achieved in politics in terms of gender Read the rest of this entry »

Immigration pushes EU population above 500 mln
Reuters Africa
The population of the European Union rose over 500 million at the beginning of this year, with migration accounting for the majority of growth in 2009, estimates released on Tuesday showed. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing experience on the informal economy
EU website
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Over three days representatives of the African Union and European Commissions and Member States, as well as members of civil society, researchers and partners from international organizations have met to share experiences on employment, social protection and decent work issues with the aim to pave the way for a more comprehensive cooperation and implementation of the Action Plan on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Africa, adopted in Ouagadougou (2004) and for a better integration of employment and social protection in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy Read the rest of this entry »


SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

African Union Continental Scientific Award 2010
EuroAfrica-ICT.org
The Commission of the African Union (AUC) is committed to support the use and development of science in Africa and has initiated with its key development partners the African Union Scientific Award Programme. The objective of this programme is to award Cash Prizes and Recognition Certificates to excelling African researchers Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research – Now designated as an official side-event to the 3rd Africa-EU Summit
EU-Africa Business Forum
The EuroAfrica-ICT Partnership is very pleased to announce that the ‘3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research’ will be officially announced as a side-event to the “3rd Africa-EU Summit” to be held in Tripoli, Libya, on November 29-30, 2010. The 3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research, which will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on December 7-8, 2010, is being organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT EU project under the aegis of the European Commission DG INFSO with the support of the Finnish Government and of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Europe

Catherine Ashton Presents the New EU Diplomatic Service
The Wall Street Journal
(by Catherine Ashton) Let me start with a confession: The European Union’s critics are sometimes right. The EU can be too slow, too cumbersome and too bureaucratic. I want to help to put that right in the way the EU works with the rest of the world. Read the rest of this entry »

European Commission allocates €35 million for victims of conflict and natural disasters in Somalia
European Union
Today, the European Commission has adopted a €35 million funding decision to support humanitarian activities in Somalia. It is estimated that approximately 3,200,000 people, about 42% of the population of Somalia, would need emergency humanitarian assistance and/or livelihood support in the first half of 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

Climate change: The Debate is going to get hotter within the EU
The Earth Times
This summer may be hot, but the climate in Europe and the political debate on what to do about it are likely to get even hotter, the European Union’s top climate official said in an exclusive interview with the German Press Agency dpa. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa

Nigerian leader urges AU member-states to implement summit decisions
Afrique Avenir
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday urged member-states of the African Union (AU) to implement the “far-reaching decisions” taken at the closing of the 15th AU summit in Kampala, Uganda, APA learns on Wednesday from reports monitored in Lagos. Read the rest of this entry »

15th African Union Summit: No Woman Should Die While Giving Life
African Union
The 15th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union (AU) will be held in Kampala, Uganda from today to 27 July, under the theme “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”. In an interview with New African, the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas, explains why this theme was chosen and its significance, bearing in mind there are just five years to go before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

African Union opens Peace Studio to foster stability in Africa
Afrique en ligne
The African Union Commission on Sunday officially inaugurated the ‘Make Peace Happen Peace Studio’ as part of the implementation of the 2010 Year of Peace and Security in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Readings

Joining up Africa: Support to Regional Integration
ECDPM
A new report summarises the main findings of a study conducted by ECDPM in preparation for the Joining up Africa (JUA) conference held in London on 3-4 March 2010. The report addresses key issues relating to aid effectiveness at the regional level in view of improving donor support to regional integration processes in Africa.

A home grown approach to development: Fiscal implications of EPAs and domestic resource mobilisation
Trade Negotiations Insights
In the recent international economic context, marked by global crises and instability, budgetary and fiscal matters have gained greater prominence on the economic recovery and growth agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

New ERD Publication: “EU Policies and African Human Capital Development”
European Report on Development (ERD) website
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Brain Circulation between the European Union (EU) and Sub-Saharan Africa is a crucial ingredient in Human Capital formation in the latter. A major constraint to African development is the very low base of skilled and highly educated workers and professionals. The production of skilled workers has been low, and only recently has seen a dramatic increase. Recent papers by many authors have indicated that a channel for human capital growth has been, paradoxically, the possibility of the brain drain Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events

5-6 July: AU Experts meeting on the study for the creation of the African Space Agency (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
7-9 July: EESC regional seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
12 and 13 July: European Parliament DEVE session (Brussels, Belgium)
13-16 July: 5th Regional meeting ACP-EU joint Parliamentary Assembly (Seychelles)
19-27 July: 15th African Union Summit (Kampala, Uganda)
14-16 July: African Union – Civil Society Organizations Pre-Summit Forum
17-19 July: African Youth Forum
19-20 July: Twentieth (20th) Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee
19-21 July: Gender Pre-Summit Meeting
20-24 July: Meetings of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
21 July: Meeting of the Peace And Security Council at ambassadorial level
22 July: Ministerial Committee on Candidatures
22 July: Ministerial Committee on the scale of assessment
22-23 July: Seventeenth (17th) Ordinary Session of the Executive Council
22-23 July: African Private Sector Forum (Business Roundtable)
22-23 July: Drafting Committee
24 July: Africa Food and Nutrition Day
24 July: 23rd Summit of the NEPAD Heads Of State and Government Orientation Committee  (HSGOC)
24 July: Working Lunch / Launching of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)
24 July: Meeting on Health Financing
24 July: Launch of the African Peace Hub
24 July: Meeting of the Committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC)
24 July: Summit Meeting of the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Coordination Mechanism (EASBRICOM)
24-27 July: Meetings of the Organization of African First Ladies Against Hiv/Aids (OAFLA)
25 July: Investment Roundtable / Working Lunch
25 July: Committee of Ten Heads of State on the United Nations Reforms
25-27 July: Fifteenth (15th) Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union
26 July: African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Working Lunch

16-20 August: Hydro Power Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
18-19 August: AU Workshop of experts and policy makers on situational analysis of commercialization of research and development in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
30 August: European Parliament DEVE session (Brussels, Belgium)
6-9 September: 25th European PV Solar Energy Conference and 5th World Conference on PV Conversion (Valencia, Spain)
10 September: EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (Brussels, Belgium)
10–11 September: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (informal) (Brussels, Belgium)
13-14 September: EU-AU meeting to discuss mandate, objectives, and basic underpinnings of the EU-AU Platform for Dialogue (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
14-15 September: High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (Vienna, Austria)
20-22 September: UN MDG Review High Level Event (New York City, USA)
27 September: New horizons for EU- and inter-African cooperation (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 3rd meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Asylum, Migration and Mobility (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 2nd Intra-ACP Migration Facility Technical Workshop (Brussels, Belgium)
27-30 September: 21st Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and 21st Session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Brussels, Belgium)
28 September: EU-Africa Business Forum (Brussels, Belgium)
29 September: ACP-EU JPA Bureau (Brussels, Belgium)
04 October: ACP-EU JPA-3 committees (2 in EP, 1 in ACP house) (Brussels, Belgium)
18-20 October: ADEA (Agency for the development of enterprises in Africa)’s annual EURAFRIC-PARTNERS Forum (Lyon, France)
29-30 November 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)


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