Europafrica Bulletin Issue 43 – April 2011

This is the 43rd 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. To subscribe click here. 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
Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting
Africa and Europe in Partnership
1. The Twelfth meeting of the Joint Africa-EU Task Force (JTF) was held on 4-5 April 2011 in Brussels, Belgium. The opening plenary session was co-chaired on the EU side, by Mr. Nicholas Westcott, Managing Director of the Africa Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and Mr. Klaus Rudischhauser, Read the rest of this entry »

AUC’s opening remarks at the Joint Africa-EU Task Force Meeting
AU
On the Occasion of the Joint Africa-EU Task Force meeting Ambassador John K. Shinkaiye, AU Commission Chief of Staff, delivered the following opening remarks in Brussels yesterday Read the rest of this entry »

AU Chairperson concludes official visit to Europe with meetings in Brussels with Senior NATO and EU Officials
AU
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping, has concluded a three-day official visit to Europe, which began in London on Sunday, 3 April 2011, and ended yesterday with several important meetings at the Brussels Headquarters of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Read the rest of this entry »

European Commissioners advocate green growth and economic integration in Africa
EU
In the context of the joint EU-Africa Strategic partnership, Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Michel Barnier Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, will attend the annual joint meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Economy of the African Union and of the UN Economic Commission for Africa on 28th and 29th March in Addis Ababa Read the rest of this entry »

Strategic partners want Africa to drive its own development agenda
UNECA
In less than two years the Strategic Partners’ Dialogue on Africa’s development has made significant strides in such key areas as results-based management and the establishment of joint financing arrangements between AUC and its partners in support of AUC priorities, but a lot remains to be done Read the rest of this entry »

PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP
AU Commissioner on the state of Peace and Security in Africa
AU
At the 275th AU Peace and Security Council Ministerial Meeting devoted to a debate on the state of peace and security in Africa Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, made the following statement today Read the rest of this entry »

EU allocates €65.9 million to support peacekeeping in Somalia
EU
During the annual joint meeting of the Ministers of Finance and economy of the African Union, Commissioner Piebalgs confirmed European Commission’s support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by announcing an additional EUR 65.9 million to help keep the peacekeeping force in place and provide them with the means Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
APR Panel deeply concerned by the critical situation in certain African countries
AGI
In a Declaration issued on 21 March 2011, the Members of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) express their deep concern about the critical situation prevailing in certain African countries in the recent past. Read the rest of this entry »

TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP
EU gives 3 million euro to 32 Eastern African fisheries projects
The Citizen The European Commission has donated 3 million Euro (Sh6.3 billion) for implementation of about 32 national and regional fisheries projects in Eastern Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

European Commission and UNIDO to Work Closer on Accelerating Industrialization of Africa
PR-USA. net The Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, said today that the Commission would work closer with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to accelerate the industrialization of Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Joint Experts Group Meeting of the Energy Partnership
EUEI PDF
From 17-18 March 2011 the 6th Joint Experts Group Meeting (JEG) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) took place in Mauritius. Opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius H.E. Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, the Director for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission Mr. Aboubakari Baba Moussa, and the Head of the European Union Delegation Read the rest of this entry »

MDGs PARTNERSHIP
New discovery in malaria treatment in the run up to World Malaria Day

EU
EU-funded researchers have discovered that drugs originally designed to inhibit the growth of cancer cells can also kill the parasite that causes malaria. They believe this discovery could open up a new strategy for combating this disease. Efforts to find a treatment have so far been hampered by the parasite’s ability to quickly develop drug resistance. Read the rest of this entry »

CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP
CAMH5 experts meeting challenged to produce action oriented plan on climate change and its effects on health
AU
Experts from AU Member States are meeting in Windhoek, Namibia to, among others, identify the major effects of climate change on health in Africa and to support strong actions to mitigate its impact. The experts meeting is being held in the run up to the 5th Conference of African Ministers of Health (CAMH5) Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP
Social protection in Africa – sharing experience on the informal economy
capacity4dev.eu
The European Commission and the African Union Commission organised a workshop on “Social protection in Africa – sharing experience in the informal economy”. The workshop took place within the framework of the Migration, Mobility and Employment Partnership of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

The European Commission’s response to the migratory flows from North Africa
EU
Recent events in North Africa have been a source of optimism for the democratic reforms taking place in many countries, most notably in Egypt and Tunisia, but also of grave concern in view of the violent conflict taking place in Libya and of the irregular migration flows originating from Tunisia. Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP
15th Regional EuroAfrica-ICT FP7 Awareness Workshop
euroafrica-ict
The 15th Regional EuroAfrica-ICT FP7 Awareness Workshop successfully took place on April 6-7, 2011 in Khartoum, Sudan. The workshop objectives were threefold: 1/. Raise awareness among the Eastern/Northern African ICT community on the opportunities offered by the European Commission (EU) Seventh Framework Programme Read the rest of this entry »

Report of the Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures conference
eI-Africa
The eI-Africa Consortium hosted the “2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference” which aimed at paving the way for a strengthened and coordinated approach to foster Euro-Africa cooperation on e-Infrastructures in the capital city of Finland on December 9-10, 2010. The outputs of the conference in the form of a report are now available. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe
EU Commissioner for Development announces recovery package of €180 million for Ivory Coast

EU
Following the Foreign Affairs Council’s discussions on Ivory Coast today, Commissioner Piebalgs made the following announcement Read the rest of this entry »

Decision on EU military operation in support of humanitarian assistance operations in Libya
EU
The Council of the EU adopted today a decision on a European Union military operation in support of humanitarian assistance operations in response to the crisis situation in Libya (“EUFOR Libya” operation). Read the rest of this entry »

EU Commission doubles its humanitarian assistance for the victims of the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire
EU
Today, the European Commission increased its humanitarian assistance for the victims of the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire by an additional €30 million, bringing its total allocation to € 60 million. The decision was taken on the basis of an extended need assessment carried out in the recent days by a team of European Commission experts on the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa
Fourth meeting of the AU High-Level ad hoc Committee on Libya

AU
 As part of the implementation of its mandate, the AU High-Level ad hoc Committee on Libya met in Addis Ababa, on 25 and 26 April 2011, at the ministerial level, in line with the relevant provisions of the Peace and Security Council communiqué of 10 March 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Statement on the Second Annual U.S.-AU High Level Meeting
AU
The United States and the African Union (AU) met on April 20 and 21, 2011, in Washington for the second annual U.S.-AU High Level Meeting. Talks centered on how the United States and AU can cooperate to address issues of mutual interest and promote common values in the context of our strategic partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

COMESA works towards migration laws relaxation
COMESA
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries have stepped up efforts to relax migration regulations. COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya says there is political will at a very high level in the region, to ensure that there is free movement of people among Member States Read the rest of this entry »

Readings

AU Peace and Security Council briefed on World Development Report 2011
AU
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 274th meeting held on 25 April 2011, was briefed on the World Development Report (WDR) 2011 – Conflict, Security and Development, by Sarah Cliffe, the Special Representative for the WDR 2011. Council also listened to a statement by the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Read the rest of this entry »

World Bank report: African Migration Generates Win-Win Benefits
The World Bank
With about 30 million Africans living outside their home countries, migration is a vital lifeline for the continent. Yet African governments need to do more to realize the full economic benefits of the phenomenon, says a new report by the African Development Bank and the World Bank. Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events
2010
29-30 November: 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)
4-5 December: World Climate Summit (Cancun, Mexico)

2011
24-31 January: African Union Summit: “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values” (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
10-11 March: Extraordinary European Council on Libya and the Southern Neighbourhood (Brussels, Belgium)
10-11 March: Experts Review Meeting of the 2011 MDGS Report (Kampala, Uganda)
14-15 March: African Higher Education Harmonization and Tuning Validation workshop (Nairobi, Kenya)
15 March: 48th meeting of the APR Panel of Eminent persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (Johannesburg, South Africa)
17-18 March: Africa – EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), Sixth JEG Meeting (Port-Louis, Mauritius)
21-25 March: Fraud and Corruption Africa Summit (Cape Town, South Africa)
23-25 March: 7th CAADP Partnership Platform (Yaounde, Cameroon)
23-26 March: ICT for Africa 2011: “ICT for Development in Africa – Sustaining the Momentum and Extending the Reach” (Ota, Nigeria)
29 March- April 1: International Partnerships Conference: Doing Business with Africa (Canary Islands)
31 March-1 April: Hydropower for Sustainable Development (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
4 -8 April: Africa-EU Joint Task Force Meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
6-7 April: 15th Regional EuroAfrica-ICT FP7 Awareness Workshop (Khartoum, Sudan)
7 April: 17th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide
14 April: BRICS Leaders Meeting (Sanya, Hainan, China)
21 April: 16th Africa Partnership Forum (OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France)
April 22-23: The Assessment of the European Tool for the Support and Promotion of Governance (Dakar, Senegal)
25-29 April: African Diaspora Policy Center (ADPC)’s second capacity building training workshop (Accra, Ghana)
26-27 April:NEPAD-OECD Ministerial Conference: Accelerating the pace of reform in Africa by mobilising investment in infrastructure and agriculture (Dakar, Senegal)
26-27 April: The role of the civil society in the Africa Union building process (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
27-29 April: Workshop on the finalization of the ASF Roadmap III (Douala, Cameroon)
16-18 May: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Budapest, Hungary)
11 May:  Joint Consultative meeting between the AU Peace and Security Council and the EU Political and Security Committee
17-19 May: Structured Dialogue – For an efficient partnership in development: final conference (Budapest, Hungary)
20-25 May: Second Africa-India Forum Summit: Enhancing Partnership: Shared Vision  (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
31 May-1 June: College to College meeting (Brussels, Belgium)
15-18 June: 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 4): “African engagements: On whose terms?” (The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden)
26 June – 1 July: AU Summit “Accelerating Youth empowerment for sustainable development” (Malabo, Equatorial Guinea)
July: EC legislative proposals on the Common Agricultural Policy post- 2013
September:
EC Communication on Trade and Development
Report on the implementation of the Policy Coherence for Development Work programme 2010-2013
October:
EC Initiative to modernize EU development policy
EC Communication on Enhancing Growth and Competitiveness in Partnership with Business
Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Committee meeting (JMTC)
AU-EU Ministerial Meeting
Final report on the 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration
November:
Foreign Affairs Council with a development focus
21-22 November: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Sierra Leone)
29 November – 09 December: COP 17(South Africa)
29 November -1 December: 4th High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (Busan, Korea)

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