Europafrica Bulletin Issue 47 – October 2011

This is the 47th 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.

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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

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Readings
Selection of recent and upcoming events

GENERAL

13th Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting
AU / EU The Thirteenth meeting of the Joint Africa-EU Task Force (JTF) was held on 19 October 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »


A New Framework for European Relations with Africa
EEAS Speech delivered by Nick Westcott, Managing Director Africa EEAS, to the EUISS conference on EU-Africa foreign policy after Lisbon, 18 October 2011 Read the rest of this entry »

Delivering results and implementing concrete actions in Africa-EU relations
Africa and Europe in Partnership A Conference on the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) was organised by the Permanent Mission of the African Union in Brussels on 22nd September 2011, in Brussels. Read the rest of this entry »

PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

Partnership on Peace and Security – 13th Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting

AU / EU The meeting of the Africa-EU Joint Experts Group was held on 18 October 2011, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting which was co-chaired by the AU and EU, was attended by members of the JEG from Africa and EU, and representatives from the following Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RMs) Read the rest of this entry »

The EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel – An indicator for the future of EU External Action?

ECDPM In the field of foreign policy and external action, the promise of the European Union’s (EU) Lisbon Treaty was for a more integrated and coherent EU, with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European External Action Service (EEAS) at the helm. The EEAS has just published the EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel region, and as it is one of the first integrated geographic strategies put forward under the new institutional setup, it might be read as an indicator for the future of EU external action. Read the rest of this entry »

New tool monitor natural resources and armed conflicts

Africa and EU in Partnership The EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a statistical modelling tool which allows the risk of conflict occurrence in developing countries to be analysed. Combining online news reports with geographical satellite data, the tool establishes a link between natural resources and the risk of conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

EU reaffirms its support to peace and security in Africa with €300 million

European Commission The European Commission has decided to replenish the African Peace Facility (APF) with €300 million to support African peace and security actions both at regional and continental levels. The funding will be available to the African Union and African Regional Organisations for the period 2011-2013 in order to support relevant, targeted, continental and regional initiatives in the area of conflict prevention, management and resolution, and peace building. Read the rest of this entry »

Launching of AMANI AFRICA II Cycle

AU Following the successful conduct of the first AMANI AFRICA cycle, culminating in a Command Post Exercise which took place in Addis Ababa, in October 2010, the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have initiated a joint follow-up training cycle dubbed AMANI AFRICA II. Read the rest of this entry »

GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights – 13th Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting

AU / EU The 5th informal Joint Expert Group meeting of the Democratic Governance and Human Rights partnership took place on 29-30 September 2011 in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was attended (by members of the iJEG) more than 50 participants, including African and EU Member States, African Union and European Commission representatives, AU representatives in NY, members of AU ECOSOC and EU Civil Society. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2010

EEAS Human rights constitute a journey and a work-in-progress, as much for the Union itself, as for its partners around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Fifth Annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance Shows That Balance, Equity and Inclusiveness are Key to Governance Quality

Mo Ibrahim Foundation The 2011 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released on the fifth anniversary of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, illustrates that countries that pursue a balanced approach to all dimensions of governance achieve the most success. Read the rest of this entry »

Follow-up Meeting of Government Experts

AU A follow-up Meeting of Government Experts on the Review of the Protocols relating to the Pan-African Parliament, the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights will take place 31 October – 11 November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »

3rd CSOS Seminar on the AU-EU Human rights Dialogue

The 3rd CSOS Seminar on the AU-EU Human rights Dialogue will take place in Brussels, Belgium, November 21-22. Read the rest of this entry »

REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION, TRADE AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

Partnership on Trade and Regional Integration – 13th Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting

AU / EU 1. The co-chair regret that for the second time a formal Joint Expert Group meeting could not take place. Participation included officials from South Africa, ECCAS, Africa Union Commission (Departments of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, Economic Affairs), UNIDO and European Commission (Delegation, Agriculture, SANCO, Market, Development and Cooperation). Read the rest of this entry »

Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day – Investing in Intra-Africa Trade for Food and Nutrition Security

AU The Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day with the theme Investing in Intra-Africa Trade for Food and Nutrition Security takes place 31st October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference is organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), and Co-Hosted by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Negotiations: The honeymoon is over…

ECDPM The European Commission (EC) finally announced today that countries that have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) but not taken the necessary steps to ratify and implement it would no longer benefit from the EPA market access to Europe as from 1st January 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

MDGs PARTNERSHIP

Launch of the African MDG Report 2011

Africa Governance Institute October 6 saw the release of “Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, a yearly regional report on the written by UNDP/RBA, The African Development Bank, The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

EU €1 billion MDG initiative

European Commission Water and sanitation, maternal health, hunger and child mortality: those Millennium Development Goals that are most off-tracks will be allocated an additional €1bn by the European Commission, said EU Commissioner Piebalgs today during a round table on Nutrition at the UN General Assembly. The European Commission is finalising the identification of the projects presented by African, Caribbean and Pacific countries themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Food security: an urgent priority of EU development policy

European Commission Speech by Andris Piebalgs Commissioner for Development at the European Parliament Public Hearing on Food Security Read the rest of this entry »

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENT PARTNERSHIP

Partnership on Climate Change and Environment – 13th Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting

AU / EU A coordination meeting between the African and European co-chairs of the partnership, AUC, FAO (for 1st item) and the European Commission, provided the following update on the partnership activities Read the rest of this entry »

EU-South Africa Summit an opportunity to prepare for G20 and climate talks

EEAS Climate change and global economic governance will be two of the main issues on the table when leaders from the EU and South Africa meet in Kruger National Park on 15 September. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the development and trade commissioners will represent the EU at the fourth EU-South Africa Summit. South Africa will be represented by President Jacob Zuma. Read the rest of this entry »

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Vision to include Climate change

COMESA The East African Community (EAC),  the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern  African Development Community (SADC) have already initiated discussions  towards the establishment of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Climate change  programme to facilitate their long-term vision of working together. Read the rest of this entry »

The EC-ACP Capacity Building Program on Multi Lateral Environmental Agreements

AU The EC-ACP Capacity Building Project on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (commonly referred to as the MEAs Project) at the AUC is an EU-funded, UNEP coordinated project with main objectives to strengthen and enhance the capacity of Africa to effectively implement MEAs thereby contributing to sustainable development and poverty reduction on the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa and Europe joint efforts to combat desertification

Scope ACP A €1.75 million African Union project, supported by the European Union and FAO, aiming to address desertification, land degradation and drought in the Sahara and Sahel, was launched at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa today. This is an initial contribution to the initiative. More substantial funding is anticipated in the coming years. Read the rest of this entry »

ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Two new Desertec projects support North Africa regional development

Africa and Europe in Partnership The sun-rich North Africa is ideally suited for the generation of clean power from the desert, but often lacks the necessary expertise in the field of renewable energies to fully profit from this solar resource. North African experts from the Desertec Foundation are working together with partners from Germany and the Mediterranean region to address this skills gap through two new projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting Sustainable Energy at the top of global development agenda

European Commission Speech by EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, appointed as member of the UN High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All Read the rest of this entry »

First Solar Powered School Set for Launch

The New Times/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX The Government and the European Union (EU) Delegation in Rwanda will, today, inaugurate the first school in the country to be powered by solar photovoltaic energy. Read the rest of this entry »

ECOWAS Launches Projects to Address Renewable Energy Crisis in West Africa

Ghana Business News The Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has launched three projects to better address the renewable energy crisis in the sub-region. Read the rest of this entry »

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

African Higher Education Harmonisation and Tuning Project (Tuning Africa)

Tuning Africa The African Higher Education system is undergoing a tremendous transformation process. This includes a number of national, regional and continental initiatives which are the Nyerere programme, the African higher Education Harmonisation and Quality Assurance programme, the Pan-African University and many others. Read the rest of this entry »

African Union’s vision on working with the private sector

AU Remarks by H.E. Dr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission On the Occasion of The Launching of the Africa Investor Advisory Council at the New York Stock Exchange, New York,  26 September 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Enterprise Europe Network reinforced in Asia; extended to North Africa

European Commission The European Commission is extending the outreach of the Enterprise Europe Network – the business and innovation support network for SMEs – by opening new contact points in Japan and doubling its presence in China. The aim is to see more European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) profit from the fast growing markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

Rwandan small businesses to benefit from €8 million EIB funding

European Investment Bank / BRD Medium and long-term financing for small businesses in Rwanda is set to be transformed by a EUR 8 million European Investment Bank funding package signed today with the Banque Rwandaise de Développement. Read the rest of this entry »

SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

Partnership on Science and Technology – 13th Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting

AU / EU On the 10th and 11th of October 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, research policy leaders from the African Union and the European Union and their respective executive Commissions met to prepare a policy agenda for extended cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation between Africa and Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

Collaboration Key to Knowledge Economy

ITWeb South Africa and the European Union (EU) are collaborating on an Information Society Technologies Africa project, which provides a platform for sharing ideas on the development and implementation of ICT policies among African countries. Read the rest of this entry »

Extraordinary meeting – Promoting European African scientific partnerships: the case of radio astronomy

CORDIS The European Parliament Delegation for relations with South Africa is holding an extraordinary meeting chaired by Michael Cashman, MEP and Chair of the South Africa Delegation, with Ms Naledi Pandor, Minister for Science and Technology of South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe

EU Development Policy: Agenda for Change

EU The EU will re-prioritise its delivery of aid to developing countries to ensure maximum impact on poverty reduction. Today, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, presented the ‘Agenda for Change’ of EU Development policy and a new policy for EU budget support. These communications set out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including through a more targeted allocation of funding. Read the rest of this entry »

State of the Union address 2011 by President Barroso

European Commission “I will ask all G20 leaders to support a global financial transaction tax, part of which could go to the poorest people in the world.” Read the rest of this entry »

Extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative to the African Union

The Council of the European Union Council Decision 2011/697/CFSP of 20 October 2011 amending Decision 2011/621/CFSP extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative to the African Union. Read the rest of this entry »

Bridging the policy to practice divide in conflict prevention and peace building

WECO A new major evaluation of the European Commission’s support in conflict prevention and peace building will be launched in Brussels on 7 November. The evaluation covers the period 2001-2010 and €7.7billion of funds contracted by the European Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

More Responsible Business in Europe – EC Adopts Revision of Transparency Directive

European Commission Statement from EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Financial services, Michel Barnier and EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs Read the rest of this entry »

EU response to the Arab Spring: new package of support for North Africa and Middle East

European Commission The European Commission has adopted four new decisions for its Neighbourhood. The programmes will include support for areas like democracy, growth, job creation, microfinance and higher education. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa

AfDB Scaling-up Engagement With Civil Society

AfDB A Bank-wide task team has begun work on a framework for scaling up the institution’s engagement with civil society. The team met on Tuesday, 8 August 2011 in Tunis, where members examined an updated draft Civil Society Engagement Framework. Read the rest of this entry »

Experts Consultation with AUC Policy Makers on Transitional Justice in Africa

Africa Governance Initiative During the second day of the experts consultation on transitional justice in Africa, two (2) sessions took place:

* Possible guidelines towards the development of a policy framework on transitional justice in Africa.

* Road map and the way forward. Read the rest of this entry »

AU Flag is Flying at Half Mast Following Death of Commissioner Elizabeth Tankeu

AU The African Union Flag is today, 17 October 2011, flying at half mast at its Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following the untimely death of Mrs. Elizabeth Tankeu, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, who passed away yesterday, 16 October 2011, at the age of 67, in a hospital in Paris, France, where she was evacuated about three months ago for medical treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

Major shift in SA’s foreign policy envisaged

IOL News The government has often been criticised for failing to protect human rights in its foreign policy. However, Jerry Matjila, the new Department of International Relations and Co-operation director-general, insists this will change. Read the rest of this entry »

‘‘If Africa does not invest in food and nutrition security, the consequences will be too big…”

CAADP The African Union (AU) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, convened a special consultation of the Steering Group of the Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day as part of a plan to firm up the implementation of activities that will lead up to the continent-wide commemoration of the Day on October 30th. Read the rest of this entry »

Readings

Still a thorn in the side? The reform of the CAP

ECDPM Discussion Paper 126: Still a thorn in the side? The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy from the perspective of Policy Coherence for Development Read the rest of this entry »

Transparency of Chinese Aid – An analysis of the published information on Chinese external financial flows

Centre   for   Chinese   Studies   at   Stellenbosch   University   and Publish  What  You  Fund There   are   many   myths   and   misconceptions   about   the   level   of   information   publically   available   on Chinese efforts and activities in the developing world. With the growing momentum around ‘aid transparency’  the  Third  High  Level  Forum  on  aid  effectiveness  (HLF-­3)  in  Accra  in  2008,  and  the   preparations  for  HLF-4  being  held  in  Busan  later  this  year this paper on China’s aid information was commissioned   to   provide   a   firmer   footing   for   the   discussions   going   forward.   Read the rest of this entry »

Aiding Stability: Improving Foreign Assistance in Fragile States

Brookings On July 9, South Sudan not only became the world’s newest country, but its newest fragile state. Read the rest of this entry »

Biofuels in Eastern Africa: dangers yes, but much potential as well

ODI ODI’s Project Briefing explores biofuel production in four countries in Eastern Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. It examines major investments, the potential to produce feedstock, and policies in place to foster and regulate the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

International Finance Institutions critical for job creation in emerging markets

EIB A new report finds that international finance institutions play a key role in catalyzing job creation and growth through the private sector in emerging markets, particularly as governments face increased pressure on public resources. Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events

2011

1 July- 31 December: Polish EU Presidency
14-15 September: EU-South Africa Summit (Pretoria, South Africa)
3 October: Africa – E.U High Level science, technology and innovation Policy dialogue platform (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
10-11 October: First Senior Official Meeting in the context of the EU-Africa High Level Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Dialogue (SOM) (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
17-18 October: First annual convention of the European platform against poverty and social exclusion (Cracow, Poland)
18 October: 17th Africa Partnership Forum (Kigali, Rwanda)
19 October: 13th Joint Africa-EU Task Force (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
21 October: African Human Rights Day
21-23 October: World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (Dead Sea, Jordan)
3-4 November: G20 Summit (Cannes, France)
3-4 November: Workshop on strategy for large regional hydropower projects development in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
8 November: Friends of Europe. Roundtable: Policies for promoting the private sector’s role in development. (Brussels, Belgium)
8-9 November: Regional Conference ‘On the Road to Busan’ (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
8-10 November: Forum EURAFRIC Water & Energy in Africa (Lyon, France)
11 November: 1st PAERIP Workshop, enhancing African-European cooperation on Research Infrastructures (Cape Town, South Africa)
14-15 November: Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research (Cape Town, South Africa)
19-23 November: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Lomé, Togo)
28 November – 09 December: COP 17 (Durban, South Africa)
29 November – 1 December: 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Busan, South Korea)
1 December: 8th AFD/EUDN International Conference “Measure for Measure – How well do we measure development?” (Paris, France)
7 December: European Commission submits proposal for Pan-African programme to budgetary authorities
7-8 December: 5th General Assembly High-level Dialogue “Financing for Development” (New York, USA)
15-16 December: European Development days (Warsaw, Poland)
15-17 December: WTO Eighth Ministerial Conference (Geneva, Switzerland)

2012

23-30 January: Summit of the African Union (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
1 January – 30 June: Danish EU Presidency

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