Europafrica Bulletin Issue 37 – August 2010

This is the 37th 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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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

GENERAL

Decisions, Declarations, Resolutions of the 15th AU Summit
A number of topics was discussed and decided upon at the AU Summit in Kampala last month. They ranged from the establishment of a Pan African University; to an African Petroleum Fund, UN Security Council reform, the fight against terrorism and G20 membership.  Read the rest of this entry »

Will the Real Africa Stand Up?
A24 Media
2010 marks an important period in the annals of Africa: it’s the year of the World Cup on African soil, 10 year follow-up on the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), 5 year post the Gleneagles G8 Summit commitments, 26th anniversary of the Ethiopian famine Read the rest of this entry »

Sudan’s Bashir in Kenya for constitution signing
Reuters
Kenya chose not to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir, who faces charges of genocide, when he arrived on Friday to attend a signing ceremony for Kenya’s new constitution. Read the rest of this entry »

Referendum Commission approves EU, AU and Carter Center to monitor Referendum
Sudanese Embassy
The Chairman of  the National Referendum Commission (NRC), Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, said that the Commission approved applications of European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and Carter Center to monitor the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Zimbabwe CSOs ask SADC and AU to supervise next polls amid fears of violence
Afrique Avenir
A coalition of Zimbabwean civil society organisations (CSOs), Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said that the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) must supervise Zimbabwe’s 2011 elections to ensure they are “radically different” from the violent 2008 polls. Read the rest of this entry »

PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

Africa must Define its Role in Global Security
The New Vision
The theme of the recently ended African Union Summit in Kampala was deservingly “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”. But the fury occasioned by the July 11 twin bombings in Kampala overshadowed the summit theme. Read the rest of this entry »

The EU SSR Guinea-Bissau Mission completes its mandate
Council of the EU
The EU’s security sector reform mission in Guinea-Bissau (EU SSR Guinea-Bissau), having completed its mandate, will close down on 30 September 2010. Launched in June 2008, the mission has provided advice and assistance to the local authorities on security sector reform (SSR) in Guinea-Bissau. Read the rest of this entry »

Guinea Bissau: Why a Stabilisation Force?
ISS TODAY
On the 1st of August, Guinea Bissau’s President Malam Bacai Sanha called for the international community to send a stabilisation force to his country. The stabilisation force is to be provided by the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP). Read the rest of this entry »

ECOWAS Defence Chiefs agree to restructure Guinea Bissau military
Afrique en ligne
ECOWAS Defence Chiefs rose from their two-day extra-ordinary meeting in Bissau with a resolution that the Armed Forces of the crisis-ridden nation must ‘immediately’ be restructured. Read the rest of this entry »

More AU troops arrive to boost Somalia peace force
Reuters
Hundreds of mainly Ugandan troops have arrived in Mogadishu to strengthen an African Union peacekeeping force helping Somalia’s government battle Islamist insurgents, an AU official said on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Proliferation of Arms Threatening Peace Across Borders in Africa
The Accra Daily Mail
Proliferation of small arms and trafficking of light weapons across boarders in Africa pose a serious threat to the security and peace of the continent Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

Development Effectiveness in Africa: A new initiative
Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
Based in part on the activities of the Open Forum on the African continent, a group of organizations is working to establish the African Civil Society Platform on Principled Partnership (ACPPP), Read the rest of this entry »

APRM Gets New Leadership, Mauritius Finally Reviewed, but Reporting Slackens
SAIIA
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) – Africa’s premier home-grown governance and accountability tool – held its thirteenth Summit of the Forum of Participating Heads of State and Government (the APR Forum) on 24 July 2010, just before the AU Summit proper kicked off. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting to Launch the African Governance platform
African Governance Institute
The African Governance Platform (Platform), as the coordinating arm of the African Governance Architecture (AGA), is a mechanism for coordination and complementarity among African governance institutions and initiatives. Read the rest of this entry »

EAJA Launches Website
IFJ
The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA), a sub-regional body of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), a regional body of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), launched its website on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

Not just anyone should join SADC club
Business Day
Those who live in southern Africa often hear news of progress made in building the European Union (EU), and how it has gradually enlarged over time to encompass 27 countries and 500-million citizens, as well as of the financial crisis threatening the euro. Read the rest of this entry »

Namibia takes over SADC chair
The Namibian
President Hifikepunye Pohamba has taken over the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the next 12 months as the 15-member bloc looks back on 30 years of existence while political hot spots like Zimbabwe Read the rest of this entry »

Nigerian association says EPA negotiations promote economic integration in West Africa
VANGUARD
National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) on Monday said the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations had created some reliefs that could promote regional economic integration in the ECOWAS sub-region. Read the rest of this entry »

COMESA: Significant progress has been made in regional integration
COMESA
Significant progress has been made in regional integration, one year after the launch of the Customs Union. This was reported by the COMESA Secretary General, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya  at the opening of the twenty eighth meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee meeting in Ezulwini Swaziland. Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

EU’s biofuels target driving land grabs in Africa
mongabay
The European Union’s renewable fuels target is driving land grabs in Africa that threaten the environment and local communities, claims a new report by Friends of the Earth (FOE). Read the rest of this entry »

Sudan plans four-reactor nuclear power plant
Reuters
Sudan plans to build a four- reactor nuclear power plant to fill a gap in the energy needs of Africa’s largest country by 2030 costing between $3-6 billion, the head of Sudan’s atomic energy agency said on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethiopia petroleum import to rise by 13 % in coming years
Afrique Avenir
Ethiopia’s petroleum import will rise by around 13 per cent in the coming years, forcing the country to spend annually around US$ 1.8 billion, the Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise (EPE) said here on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt to seek tenders for 1st nuclear plant in December
Reuters
Egypt plans to start an international bidding process for its first nuclear power plant in December, after choosing the Dabaa site on the Mediterranean coast, news papers reported on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

MDGs PARTNERSHIP

Launching of the Platform on African–European Partnership for Agricultural Research in Africa
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
PAEPARD is a new agricultural research for development (ARD) project implemented by FARA and includes different partners from Africa and Europe. Its overall objective Read the rest of this entry »

European Investment Bank abandons Ethiopia mega dam
Survival
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it is no longer considering funding Africa’s tallest dam, in Ethiopia. The hydroelectric dam, called Gibe III, has drawn international criticism Read the rest of this entry »

European Union supports Ghana with 23 million euros water projects
Afrique Avenir
The European Union (EU) on Monday inaugurated 39 completed small town water and sanitation projects in two regions to the tune of 23 million euros. Read the rest of this entry »

EU gives Malawi K7.2 billion for water and sanitation
Nyasa Times Online
Malawi peri-urban water and sanitation project, funded by the European Investment Bank the European Union, and the Malawi government, has been inaugurated in Blantyre, Malawi. Read the rest of this entry »

CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

World climate talks ‘going backwards,’ EU says
EUobserver
A global climate deal is further away than ever, with discord among nations reaching a new low at talks in Bonn over the last week and with the EU warning that discussions are not so much advancing as going into reverse. Read the rest of this entry »

Strategies for adapting to climate change in rural Sub-Saharan Africa
IFPRI
A review of data sources, Poverty Reduction Strategy Programs (PRSPs) and National Adaptation Plans for Agriculture (NAPAs) in ASARECA member countries is likely to improve climate change adaption strategies of ten ASARECA member countries Read the rest of this entry »

East Africa launches regional monitoring unit of rain forest ecosystem
Afrique Avenir
The Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis (BIOTA) East Africa Atlas, whose purpose is to increase awareness of the region’s vulnerable rainforest eco-system, was launched in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

World economic crisis has spurred a record increase in youth unemployment says ILO
ILO
Global youth unemployment has reached its highest level on record, and is expected to increase through 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report issued to coincide with the launch of the UN International Youth Year on 12 August. Read the rest of this entry »

South Africa’s Zuma calls for talks to end strikes
Reuters
South African President Jacob Zuma has called on government ministers to negotiate immediately with public sector workers to end a pay strike by more than one million workers, local media said on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Many Things Are Going Right in Africa
The Daily Nation
Every time I pick up a news magazine, there seems to be a feature about whether China or India is going to be the next great economy in the world. This week’s Economist is no exception. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaddafi arrives in Italy, business in focus
Reuters
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi arrived in Rome on Sunday for a two-day visit that has aroused a mixture of curiosity and controversy over Tripoli’s growing influence in the Italian economy. Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

Satellites launched to serve Africa and Mideast
Reuters
An Ariane rocket launched two satellites into orbit on Wednesday to provide telecommunications for Africa and the Middle East, European space officials said. Read the rest of this entry »

AU to Establish African Space Agency
THIS DAY
The African Union, has commenced a process that would lead to the setting up of a regional space agency. The agency, to be known as the African Space Agency, would focus on the development of common space policy for the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

AMESD sets up Satellite Receiving Station in BCA
African Union
A Satellite Receiving Station is installed in the Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) through the framework of African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD). The Satellite Receiving Station was officially launched by the Acting Principal of the BCA Read the rest of this entry »

Europe

EU appoints new Special Representative for Sudan
EU Commission
Dame Rosalind Marsden, a British Diplomat, has been appointed the new European Union Special Representative for Sudan, effective September 1st, replacing Ambassador Torben Brylle. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the terrorist attack in Somalia
EU
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »

Statement by the spokesperson of HR Catherine Ashton on President Al-Bashir’s visit to Kenya
Council of the EU
The spokesperson of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton issued the following statement today Read the rest of this entry »

Africa

Kenyan constitution: History in the making
Pambazuka News
The results of the referendum in Kenya indicate a landslide victory for the new constitution – at last a home grown one. Yash Ghai and Jill Cottrell Ghai discuss the challenges of implementation and the importance of Kenya’s people ‘proclaiming their sovereignty’ through a constitution ‘made by the people, for the people’. Read the rest of this entry »

Kenyan PM says Bashir must stand before ICC, wants apology made to int’l community
The Sudan Tribune
The Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga spoke for the first time on the invitation of the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to the promulgation of Kenya’s new constitution on Friday which has stirred a row both domestically and internationally and shifted focus away from the historic event. Read the rest of this entry »

AU press release about the presence of President Al-Bashir in the territories of the Republic of Chad and the Republic of Kenya
African Union
The African Union Commission has noted with grave concern statements attributed to some members of the UN Security Council as well as Read the rest of this entry »

Liberia: Freedom of information law comes to life
IFEX
Offering a bold example for the possibilities for press freedom, the Liberian government passed a freedom of information law last week, reports the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) and the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Read the rest of this entry »

Readings

EU cooperation with the African Union: Problems and potential
FRIDE
The European Union is considering a privileged partnership with the African Union as a way to overcome the dated framework of ACP relations and to improve the Joint Africa-European Union Strategy. This partnership has potential, but it is not unproblematic Read the rest of this entry »

AU: The state of the Union
Pambazuka News
The 2010 State of the Union Continental Report ranks 10 African countries in order of most to least progressive based on a number of areas of focus, including the promotion of human rights amongst the citizenry and the level of democratic governance. The African Union Read the rest of this entry »

Why monetary policy is irrelevant in Africa south of the Sahara
CDPR (SOAS)
A policy note by SOAS argues that the effectiveness of monetary policy relies on a viable domestic market for trading public securities, and a commercial banking sector willing and able to lend to the private sector. However, the paper deems that with the exception of South Africa, Read the rest of this entry »

African agricultural finance under the spotlight
Reuters’ Africa News blog
Africa is turning into a fashionable post-crisis investment destination as investors regain their confidence and start to focus on the continent’s lack of direct involvement with the global market’s volatility drivers and trouble hotspots. Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events
2-6 August: United Nations Climate Change Conference (Bonn, Germany)
16 -17August: 30th meeting of the heads of state and government of the SADC (Windhoek, Namibia)
18 -19 August: AU Workshop of experts and policy makers on situational analysis of commercialization of research and development in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
18-30 August: 28th COMESA policy organs meetings and 14th COMESA Heads of State & Government summit (Ezulwini, Swaziland)
26 -27 August: Fourteenth Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (Harare, Zimbabwe)
27 August: Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid, Council of the EU (Brussels, Belgium)
27 August-06 September: COMESA – Forum des Affaires (Manzini, Swaziland)
28 August-01 September: 28th COMESA policy organs meetings and 14th COMESA Heads of State & Government summit (Ezulwini, Swaziland)
30 August: European Parliament DEVE session (Brussels, Belgium)
30 August: WTO – Committee on Trade and Development: EU Coordination, Council of the EU (Brussels, Belgium)
30 August: Standing committee meeting of the Economic Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC-AU) (Johannesburg, South Africa)
1 September: Africa Working Group meeting, Council of the EU (Brussels, Belgium)
2-4 September: African Green Revolution Forum 2010 (Accra, Ghana)
5-8 September: African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (Pre-conference) (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
5-9 September: 25th European PV Solar Energy Conference and 5th World Conference on PV Conversion (Valencia, Spain)
8 September: Working Party on Dual Use Goods, Council of the EU (Brussels, Belgium)
10 September: EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (Brussels, Belgium)
10 September: JAI-RELEX Working Party (JAIEX) – Justus Lipsius Building (Brussels, Belgium)
10-11 September: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (informal) (Brussels, Belgium)
13 September: Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, Belgium)
13-14 September: Quality & Efficiency in the Asylum Process: Conference (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)
13-15 September: Regional Seminar on EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations (Cape Town, South Africa)
13-14 September: Platform for Dialogue Workshop of the Democratic Governance and Human Rights Partnership
14-15 September: High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (Vienna, Austria)
15-17 September: JEG meeting of the Democratic Governance and Human Rights Partnership
15-17 September: JEG meeting for partnership Science, Information society & Space
15-17 September: Senior Officials Meeting for the Migration, Mobility and Employment partnership
20-22 September: UN MDG Review High Level Event (New York City, USA)
21 September: International Peace Day
27 September: “Partnership Africa: New horizons for EU- and inter-African cooperation” organized by Friends of Europe (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)
4 October: ACP-EU JPA-3 committees – 2 in EP, 1 in ACP house (Brussels, Belgium)
17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18-20 October: ADEA (Agency for the development of enterprises in Africa)’s annual EURAFRIC-PARTNERS Forum (Lyon, France)
21-22 October: EU Development Ministers’ Meeting (informal) (Brussels, Belgium)
25-29 October: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment  (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
end of October: Senior Officials Meeting for the overall EU-Africa Partnership
end of October: 15th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting (Lilongwe, Malawi)
10-13 November: MEDays 2010 (Tangier, Morocco)
18-19 November: 3rd annual gathering of the African Media Leaders Forum (Yaounde, Cameroon)
29-30 November: 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)
4-5 December: World Climate Summit (Cancun, Mexico)

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