Europafrica Bulletin Issue 44 – May 2011

This is the 44th 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.

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JAES
• GENERAL

• PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

• GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
• REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, TRADE AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

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

Europe
Africa

Readings
Selection of recent and upcoming events

GENERAL
Joint Declaration of the 5th College-to-College meeting of the European Commission and the African Union Commission
EU /AU Africa and the European Union are bound together by history, geography and shared values, such as the respect for human rights, justice, freedom, the rule of law, gender equality and democracy. Africa and the European Union are committed to bolstering democracy and working together on common and global challenges to pursue their mutual interests Read the rest of this entry »

Joint statement by Jean Ping and José Manual Barroso
AU The recent events in North Africa, and the ripple effect they have set off in the wider region, have once again highlighted how close our two continents are. The changes underway are encouraging, but also present their fair share of challenges: for our partner countries which have started to build genuine democratic societies; and for the international community which must respond Read the rest of this entry »

The European Commission promotes democracy and growth with its African Union partners
EU The African Union (AU) Commission and the European Commission are meeting in Brussels for their 5th annual College-to-College session. They will move forward on a joint agenda of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership and focus their discussion on two pressing issues of present concern: democracy and growth. Read the rest of this entry »

PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP
Joint AU-EU PSC meeting
Africa and Europe in Partnership The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU PSC) and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EU PSC) held their 4th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting in Addis Ababa, on 11 May 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Declaration on the State of Peace and Security in Africa
AU The Assembly of the Union, at its extraordinary session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 25 May 2011, to review the state of peace and security in Africa, deliberated on the situation obtaining on the continent on the basis of the report of the Chairperson of the Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

South Sudan: EU to provide €200 million to support a sustainable and peaceful creation of the new state
EU EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, welcomes today’s decision of the EU foreign affairs ministers to allocate €200 million to South Sudan. This follows the proposal of the European Commission, announced by EU Commissioner Piebalgs during his visit in Juba on 13 May 2011. These funds will support the implementation Read the rest of this entry »

5th Meeting of AU High-Level Ad Hoc Committee on Libya
AU As part of the implementation of its mandate, the African Union (AU) Highâ€ÂLevel ad hoc Committee on Libya met in Addis Ababa, on 25 and 26 May 2011, at the level of Heads of State and Government. The Chairperson of the AU Commission and the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security attended the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

EU: Conclusions on the replenishment of the African Peace Facility (APF) for the period 2011 – 2013
EU At the meeting of 13 May 2011, the Council of the European Union adopted the following Conclusions on the replenishment of the African Peace Facility for the period 2011 – 2013 Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP
Focus group on the Support Study of the European Commission Governance Facility and related Incentive Tranche
AGI In collaboration with ECDPM and IDEP and within the framework of its 2011 advanced policy research programme, the Africa Governance Institute (AGI) will organize, on 7 and 8 June 2011, in Dakar, a Focus Group on the ‘Support Study on the European Commission’s Governance Initiative and its related Governance Incentive Tranche (2006-2011)’ Read the rest of this entry »

Call for papers : African Charter for Human and Peoples’ Rights, 30 years after
AGI 30 years after the adoption of the African Charter for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on 21 June 1981; 25 years after the ACHPR entered into force on 21 October 1986; and 10 years after the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) came into operation on 26 May 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, TRADE AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

EU reshapes its import scheme for developing countries

EU The European Commission plans to concentrate its import preferences on those developing countries most in need. It will limit its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), with which it grants specific tariff preferences to developing countries Read the rest of this entry »

EU and Liberia team up to ensure legal origin of imported wood products
EU By early 2014, all shipments of wood products to the European Union from Liberia will be required to carry a license certifying their legal origin. A Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to that end was signed on 9 May by the EU and Liberia, which contains over half of the remaining rainforest in West Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

MDGs PARTNERSHIP
Over 6 million people to benefit from European funds for South African water
EU Three European development finance partners and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) today formally agreed to finance the Mooi-Mgeni water supply project in KwaZulu-Natal. The agreements were signed at an event in Rosetta to mark the start of construction for the Mooi-Mgeni project. Read the rest of this entry »


CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENT PARTNERSHIP
Meeting of the ClimDev Africa Steering Committee
Africa and Europe in Partnership The meeting of the Program Steering Committee for ClimDev-Africa took place on May 23 in Addis Ababa. ClimDev Africa is a joint programme between the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The African Climate Policy Centre is the Secretariat for the Programme. Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP
EU biofuels boom fuelling land grabs in Africa
New Europe The Dakatcha Woodland is located in Kenya’s coast region, thousands of miles away from the capital of Europe. But it’s in places like Dakatcha where the dirtier impacts of the EU’s energy policies are being felt. Read the rest of this entry »

AU working towards early operationalization of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE)
AU The Commission of the African Union (AU) will intensify its efforts in the coming weeks towards the early operationalization of the AFCONE, including by finalizing its Rules of Procedure, programme of work for 2011â€Â2013, structure, as well as advertising Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP
Operationalizing the Ouagadougou Action Plan to combat trafficking in human beings
AU In January 2007, the African Union adopted the Executive Council Decision EX.CL/Dec.324 (X) which endorsed the Ouagadougou Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, Especially Women and Children.  Furthermore and similarly, the second Action Plan 2011-2013 of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy particularly Read the rest of this entry »

Start of public on-line discussions on the African Institute of Remittances (AIR) Project
Africa and Europe in Partnership The African Union with the support of the World Bank and the European Commission, and in cooperation with the African Development Bank and the International Organisation for Migration is launching an online consultation to develop a Terms of Reference for an African Institute for Remittances. Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP
Meeting of the 8th Africa-EU Partnership – Information Society Implementation Group
euroafrica-ict The Implementation Group of the 8th Africa-EU Partnership met last week, on May 11-12, 2011 in Gaborone (Botswana) back to back to the IST-Africa Conference. The discussions focused on Read the rest of this entry »

Africa-Europe research collaboration to boost intra-regional research networking infrastructure
eI Africa DANTE, the international research network operator, and the European Commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office today announce the signature of a €14.75M contract for support to a sub-Saharan African intra-regional research networking infrastructure which is already interconnected to the pan-European research network, GÉANT. Read the rest of this entry »

Science for development: the case for astronomy
EU A conference entitled ‘Science for development: the case for astronomy’ will take place on 31 May 2011 in Brussels, Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

Internet connectivity to be boosted in Zimbabwe
euroafrica-ict Econet Wireless is looking to increase its hold on one of Africa’s emerging markets: the company has announced plans to invest $200 million (£122 million) over the next few years in its Zimbabwean operations. Read the rest of this entry »

Global IT report: only two African nations in the top 50 in ICT
EurAfrica-ICT.org The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011 was published by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum and French management school INSEAD. Under the theme Transformations 2.0, this 10th anniversary edition explores the coming transformations powered by ICT, with a focus on the impact Read the rest of this entry »

Europe
A new European Neighbourhood Policy
EU Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, today launched a new and ambitious European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) – confirming the EU’s determined and reinforced engagement with its neighbours. Read the rest of this entry »

Report on the efficiency and effectiveness of EU contributions channelled through United Nations Organisations in conflict affected countries
European Court of Auditors (ECA) The amounts, channelled by EuropeAid through UN organisations, are substantial, in the region of 4000 million euro for the five year period from 2005 to 2009. This audit is the second part of the two phase audit. The first audit dealt with monitoring and decision making and concluded that Read the rest of this entry »

Africa
The African Union and the Government of the Republic of India create four new institutions to enhance Africa’s development
AU During the ministerial meeting of the Second Africa-India held on 23 May, 2011, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping and India’s Minister of External Affairs, SM Krishna signed five (5) Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the longstanding partnership between Africa and India Read the rest of this entry »

Tunis Consensus: Africa’s Common Vision for its Development Agenda
AIG The African Development Bank (AfDB), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and the African Union Commission (AUC) are pleased to release the Tunis Consensus: Targeting Effective Development, a joint statement emerging from the Second Regional Meeting on Aid Effectiveness, South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development Read the rest of this entry »

The African Union intensifies its efforts towards the rapid resolution of the Abyei Crisis
AU The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Jean Ping, continues to closely follow the unfolding situation in Abyei. He is gravely concerned by the conflict in that area and its humanitarian consequences. He expresses concern Read the rest of this entry »

Readings
The Africa Competitiveness Report 2011
EurAfrica-ICT.org The Africa Competitiveness Report 2011, jointly produced by the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, takes stock of the competitiveness of Africa. The report finds Read the rest of this entry »

The Transformative Power of Partnerships
Africa Progress Panel The Africa Progress Panel brings together a unique group of leaders under the chairmanship of Kofi Annan. The Panel monitors and promotes mutual accountability and shared responsibility for progress in Africa. Its three focus areas are economic and political governance, finance for sustainable development, and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals Read the rest of this entry »

Join the debate: ECDPM seeks your thoughts on the future of ACP-EU relations post-2020
At the end of June, ECDPM will host a high-level meeting to critically examine options for continued cooperation between the ACP and the EU once the current Cotonou Partnership Agreement expires in 2020. In the run-up to the conference, ECDPM is inviting you to join this timely debate and seek your views Read the rest of this entry »

Who Receives Remittances? A Case Study of the Distributional Impact on Liberian Refugees in Ghana
SOAS Significant advances in transportation and communication have helped substantially expand the recent flow of transnational migration. As a result, there has been rapidly growing interest in the impact of remittances on development, and on poverty reduction in particular. But are poor households the main recipients of remittances? Read the rest of this entry »

The Lisbon Treaty of the European Union: Implications for Africa-EU relations
AU
Significant developments have taken place within Africa, the EU and globally since the beginning of the century and these have impacted on and continue to shape the relationship between Africa and the EU. On the African side, there have been the transformation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) into the African Union 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 and 11 March: Extraordinary European Council on Libya and the Southern Neighbourhood (Brussels, Belgium)
4 -8 April: Africa-EU Joint Task Force Meeting (Brussels, Belgium) 14 April: BRICS Leaders Meeting (Sanya, Hainan, China)
21 April: 16th Africa Partnership Forum (OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France)
22-23 April: The Assessment of the European Tool for the Support and Promotion of Governance (Dakar, Senegal)
11 May: Joint Consultative meeting between the African Union Peace and Security Council and the European Union Political and Security Committee
11-13 May: IST-Africa 2011 (Gaborone, Botswana)
13 May: Briefing by the AU Panel of the Wise
16-18 May: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Budapest, Hungary)
17-19 May: Structured Dialogue – For an efficient partnership in development: final conference (Budapest, Hungary)
21 May: Annual Joint Consultative meeting between the African Union Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council
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)
31 May: Conference “Science for development: the case for astronomy” (Brussels, Belgium)
June: 16th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting (Brussels, Belgium)

7-8 June: Focus Group on the “Support Study of the European Commission Governance Facility and related Incentive Tranche (2006-2011)” (Dakar, Senegal)
9 June: “Governance of Natural Resources, including in conflict and post-conflict situations” (Dakar, Senegal)
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

8-10 November: Forum EURAFRIC Water & Energy in Africa (Lyon, France)
21-22 November: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Sierra Leone)
28 November – 09 December: COP 17 (Durban, South Africa)
29 November -1 December: 4th High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (Busan, Korea)
1 December: 8th AFD/EUDN International Conference “Measure for Measure – How well do we measure development?” (Paris, France)

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