Private sector needed in AU-EU partnership

CAAST-NET An African Union (AU) commissioner said the three-year-old partnership between Africa and the European Union needs to be speeded up.

Jean-Pierre Ezin, the AU commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), was addressing a meeting of the JEG8 – the Joint Expert Group which serves the eighth Africa-European Union strategic partnership, and which focuses on strengthening science, building an information society, and exploring space. The JEG8 met for the sixth time on 15 September 2010 in Brussels, Belgium.

Ezin, a former mathematician at the Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP) in Porto-Novo, Benin, called for the private sector to become involved in efforts to speed up skills transfer in order to support research capacity in Africa.

The information was contained in an AU press release.

The meeting in Brussels was attended by Mohamed Ben Amor, JEG8’s African president, and Jean-Francois Girard, JEG8’s European president.

Sabine Laruelle, the Belgian minister for science policy, gave the opening presentation at the meeting. Belgium holds the current presidency of the European Commission.

Participants discussed results and contributions to the Africa-EU summit scheduled to take place in November 2010 in Tripoli, Libya.

They also discussed side events during the Africa-Europe summit.

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