Europafrica Bulletin Issue 47 – October 2011

October 31, 2011

The 47th issue of the Europafrica bulletin gives you an up-date on the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and other relevant material.

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Europafrica Bulletin Issue 47 – October 2011

October 31, 2009

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.

The bulletin is issued approximately 10 times a year. Subscribe here or unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of the newsletter. 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
• 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

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


Europafrica Bulletin Issue 30 – 19 October 2009

October 30, 2009

The 30th issue of the Europafrica bulletin gives you an up-date on the implementation of the Joint Africa- EU Strategy.

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Europafrica Bulletin Issue 36 – July 2010

July 29, 2008

This is the 36th 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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JULY BULLETIN CONTENT:

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

JAES

GENERAL

Europafrica Interview with Philippe Darmuzey, Head of the Unit “Panafrican Issues & Institutions, Governance & Migration” at the EU Commission
Following Europafrica’s interview with the then African Union’s Representative to the EU, H.E. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, available in Issue 33 of the bulletin, Europafrica posed the same questions regarding the Joint Africa-EU Strategy to Mr. Philippe Darmuzey, Head of the Unit “Panafrican Issues & Institutions, Governance & Migration” at the European Commission. Mr. Darmuzey’s written reply to them in French and its English translation is just a click away. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Africa-EU Summit to Focus on Economic Growth, Security
According to The Tripoli Post the third Africa-European Union summit scheduled to be held in Libya late this year will focus on the economic growth and peace and security of the African continent, a top official of the African Union (AU) Commission said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Piebalgs pushes for tangible results on maternal and child health at the African Union Summit
EU
From 24th to 26th July, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will address the 15th African Union (AU) Summit in Kampala, Uganda. Maternal, infant and child health will be the core theme of the meeting gathering the 53 African Union Member States. Read the rest of this entry »

VENRO Workshop “Civil Society and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy”
VENRO website
. On the 15th and 16th July, VENRO and the Ethiopian NGO umbrella association Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) are organising a joint meeting of European and African civil society with representatives of the African Union and the European Commission. “Civil Society and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy” is the title of the workshop. Read the rest of this entry »

How EU’s action helps the poorest countries to develop
EU website.
The European Commission adopted its Annual Report 2010 on the implementation of EU’s development and external assistance policies in 2009. Programmes and projects led by the Commission reached around 140 developing countries. Specific instruments were set up to help the world’s poorest to face the triple economic, food and environmental crisis and delivered results. Read the rest of this entry »


PEACE AND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP

AU military chiefs draw Somalia war plan
Daily Monitor (Kampala)
A key Somalia strategy meeting is underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with military chiefs from across Africa expected to hammer out a plan of action to confront the crisis in the war-torn country. Read the rest of this entry »

Uganda defence spending to grow with Somalia ‘war’
The EastAfrican
A shift in Uganda’s foreign policy towards Somalia will most likely increase its defence spending once the country starts a military offensive against the Al Shabaab, the East African extension of the Al Qaeda terrorist group. Read the rest of this entry »

July Issue of the ISS Peace and Security Council Report briefs on the EU Lisbon Treaty’s implications on Africa-EU Relations on Peace and Security
Institute for Security Studies website
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The July Issue of the ISS Peace and Security Council (PSC) Report provides a brief on the EU Lisbon Treaty’s implications on Africa-EU relations in Peace and Security as well as a short African Union Pre-Summit Analysis.
The ISS’ monthly PSC Report seeks to provide publicly available and informative analysis on the work of the AU Peace and Security Council from a civil society and research institution perspective – independent from the AU and its Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

EU using legal loophole to send 150 m euros in aid to Sudan
The Earth Time Online
Despite the government’s refusal to sign key documents, the EU is sending aid to victims of conflict. EU aid to ACP countries is governed by the Cotonou Agreement on human rights and development. Read the rest of this entry »


GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

EU demands that Chad arrests Omar al-Bashir
Newstime Africa
The European Union has asked the government in Chad to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir after he ignored a genocide warrant on a visit to the country. The International Criminal Court has issued two warrants against Bashir for crimes committed in west Darfur. There was an international row over the presence of genocide accused President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan as he took his place among African leaders at a regional summit here. Read the rest of this entry »

PAP pushes for African Charter
Eyewitness News
The Pan African Parliament is pushing African countries to ratify a charter that will bring a new order of governance to the continent. The African Union already red cards unconstitutional changes of government but this measure will bring Africa in line with most progressive countries in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

African nations threaten to quit Kimberley
IBTimes
All diamond producing African nations are now rallying behind Zimbabwe threatening to leave the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme if Zimbabwe was not allowed to market its diamonds freely. African countries, led by diamond rich Namibia, have already conveyed this decision to the KP. Read the rest of this entry »


TRADE, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP

European financial markets chief pledges Africa protection
Afrique en ligne
Europe’s top internal markets official, Michel Barnier, has pledged to institute special measures to protect African countries from speculation, which is responsible for the fall in key commodity prices and the rise in food prices. Read the rest of this entry »

EU invests 20 million euros into COMRAP
The Post Online
The European Union (EU) has invested about 20 million euros into the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African Regional Agro Inputs Programme (COMRAP) meant to help enhance food production and marketing in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

SADC non-state actors call for continuation of EPA negotiations towards comprehensive agreements
European Economic and Social Committee
Delegates at the 10th Regional Seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups organised by the EESC in Gaborone, Botswana, on June 28-30 debated the EPA negotiations with the SADC region, the impact of the financial and economic crisis on Africa, food security and the role of non-state actors in implementing the Cotonou Agreement. Read the rest of this entry »

Historic EAC Common Market is Finally Here!
The African Executive website
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1st July 2010 marks the commencement of the operationalisation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market.  Following the completion of the ratification of the Protocol on the Common Market, the complex and long march towards transforming the EAC region into a Common or Single Market begins with resolve and fervour. Read the rest of this entry »


ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Ghana, Burkina Faso Push For Energy Supply
Government of Ghana
Donor countries and institutions such as the World Bank and European Union (EU) have been called upon to urgently release funds to begin the long awaited interconnection Project. Read the rest of this entry »

NGOs slam EU-Brazil plans to develop biofuels in Africa
EUobserver
EU and Brazilian leaders are set to announce a new “triangular co-operation” initiative, under which they will aim to work together in some of the world’s poorest countries, but NGOs say the duo’s scheme is self-centred and will simply make conditions worse. Read the rest of this entry »

First High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, 14-15 September 2010, Vienna, Austria
Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) website
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The First High Level Meeting on 14-15 September 2010 will be the first of its kind, bringing together leading politicians and decision-makers from Africa and Europe. At the event, a road map as well as concrete targets for the AEEP’s future work will be endorsed. Read the rest of this entry »


MDGs PARTNERSHIP

Nigeria: Assembly mobilises support for MDGs
The Nigerian Tribune Online
The House of Representatives is billed to hold a public hearing on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this week, as part of efforts aimed at reviewing its progress. Idowu Samuel, examines the unaddressed issues of MDGs by the legislature. At the break of the present millennium in 2000, one major fear that reverberated in the considerations of world leaders was the imminence of a heavy pang of poverty likely to lead the world to doom sooner than expected. It was imperative that they should act quickly to prevent poverty from spreading uncontrollably. Read the rest of this entry »

Growth is key to African development says Brown
NEPAD
Africa can become a new source of dynamism in the global economy if it bases its poverty reduction strategies on continuous and sustained growth, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, said in Kampala. Read the rest of this entry »

Europe must push for a healthy Africa
European Parliament
The World Cup is over and life in Africa is returning to normal, but it is anything but “fair play” with life expectancy for some 30 to 40 years less than for Europeans. There are many reasons, from bad governance, the financial crisis and climate change to natural disasters, extreme poverty, wars and greed. Read the rest of this entry »


CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP

AU to assist poor countries in environmental challenges
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
The African Union Commission is working on a strategy to enable African countries mitigate the devastating effects of climate change. Head of Environment, Water and Natural Resources at the African Union Commission Dr Khalil Timamy says poor countries on the continent will be enabled through a kitty to put in place mitigation measures. Read the rest of this entry »

AUC-NEPAD and Stakeholders sign CAADP Compact Agreement with Burkina Faso
CAADP/NEPAD
The African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Development Partners and the Private Sector have signed a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Program (CAADP) country compact agreement with the Government of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. Read the rest of this entry »


MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

European Women Entrepreneurs pledge Support for African Counterparts
Inter Press Service (IPS) website
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Senegalese businesswoman Marie Thiaré makes her business cards by hand, because she has no way to have them printed — a sharp contrast with the situation faced by women entrepreneurs in Europe, where it is easy to order business cards, and most people even have their own home computer and printer. Thiaré was speaking to a June 25-27 meeting of women entrepreneurs from Europe and Africa who met in Madrid to discuss how to replicate in the economy the advances that have been achieved in politics in terms of gender Read the rest of this entry »

Immigration pushes EU population above 500 mln
Reuters Africa
The population of the European Union rose over 500 million at the beginning of this year, with migration accounting for the majority of growth in 2009, estimates released on Tuesday showed. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing experience on the informal economy
EU website
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Over three days representatives of the African Union and European Commissions and Member States, as well as members of civil society, researchers and partners from international organizations have met to share experiences on employment, social protection and decent work issues with the aim to pave the way for a more comprehensive cooperation and implementation of the Action Plan on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Africa, adopted in Ouagadougou (2004) and for a better integration of employment and social protection in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy Read the rest of this entry »


SCIENCE, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND SPACE PARTNERSHIP

African Union Continental Scientific Award 2010
EuroAfrica-ICT.org
The Commission of the African Union (AUC) is committed to support the use and development of science in Africa and has initiated with its key development partners the African Union Scientific Award Programme. The objective of this programme is to award Cash Prizes and Recognition Certificates to excelling African researchers Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research – Now designated as an official side-event to the 3rd Africa-EU Summit
EU-Africa Business Forum
The EuroAfrica-ICT Partnership is very pleased to announce that the ‘3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research’ will be officially announced as a side-event to the “3rd Africa-EU Summit” to be held in Tripoli, Libya, on November 29-30, 2010. The 3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research, which will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on December 7-8, 2010, is being organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT EU project under the aegis of the European Commission DG INFSO with the support of the Finnish Government and of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Europe

Catherine Ashton Presents the New EU Diplomatic Service
The Wall Street Journal
(by Catherine Ashton) Let me start with a confession: The European Union’s critics are sometimes right. The EU can be too slow, too cumbersome and too bureaucratic. I want to help to put that right in the way the EU works with the rest of the world. Read the rest of this entry »

European Commission allocates €35 million for victims of conflict and natural disasters in Somalia
European Union
Today, the European Commission has adopted a €35 million funding decision to support humanitarian activities in Somalia. It is estimated that approximately 3,200,000 people, about 42% of the population of Somalia, would need emergency humanitarian assistance and/or livelihood support in the first half of 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

Climate change: The Debate is going to get hotter within the EU
The Earth Times
This summer may be hot, but the climate in Europe and the political debate on what to do about it are likely to get even hotter, the European Union’s top climate official said in an exclusive interview with the German Press Agency dpa. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa

Nigerian leader urges AU member-states to implement summit decisions
Afrique Avenir
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday urged member-states of the African Union (AU) to implement the “far-reaching decisions” taken at the closing of the 15th AU summit in Kampala, Uganda, APA learns on Wednesday from reports monitored in Lagos. Read the rest of this entry »

15th African Union Summit: No Woman Should Die While Giving Life
African Union
The 15th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union (AU) will be held in Kampala, Uganda from today to 27 July, under the theme “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”. In an interview with New African, the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas, explains why this theme was chosen and its significance, bearing in mind there are just five years to go before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

African Union opens Peace Studio to foster stability in Africa
Afrique en ligne
The African Union Commission on Sunday officially inaugurated the ‘Make Peace Happen Peace Studio’ as part of the implementation of the 2010 Year of Peace and Security in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Readings

Joining up Africa: Support to Regional Integration
ECDPM
A new report summarises the main findings of a study conducted by ECDPM in preparation for the Joining up Africa (JUA) conference held in London on 3-4 March 2010. The report addresses key issues relating to aid effectiveness at the regional level in view of improving donor support to regional integration processes in Africa.

A home grown approach to development: Fiscal implications of EPAs and domestic resource mobilisation
Trade Negotiations Insights
In the recent international economic context, marked by global crises and instability, budgetary and fiscal matters have gained greater prominence on the economic recovery and growth agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

New ERD Publication: “EU Policies and African Human Capital Development”
European Report on Development (ERD) website
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Brain Circulation between the European Union (EU) and Sub-Saharan Africa is a crucial ingredient in Human Capital formation in the latter. A major constraint to African development is the very low base of skilled and highly educated workers and professionals. The production of skilled workers has been low, and only recently has seen a dramatic increase. Recent papers by many authors have indicated that a channel for human capital growth has been, paradoxically, the possibility of the brain drain Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events

5-6 July: AU Experts meeting on the study for the creation of the African Space Agency (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
7-9 July: EESC regional seminar of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
12 and 13 July: European Parliament DEVE session (Brussels, Belgium)
13-16 July: 5th Regional meeting ACP-EU joint Parliamentary Assembly (Seychelles)
19-27 July: 15th African Union Summit (Kampala, Uganda)
14-16 July: African Union – Civil Society Organizations Pre-Summit Forum
17-19 July: African Youth Forum
19-20 July: Twentieth (20th) Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee
19-21 July: Gender Pre-Summit Meeting
20-24 July: Meetings of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
21 July: Meeting of the Peace And Security Council at ambassadorial level
22 July: Ministerial Committee on Candidatures
22 July: Ministerial Committee on the scale of assessment
22-23 July: Seventeenth (17th) Ordinary Session of the Executive Council
22-23 July: African Private Sector Forum (Business Roundtable)
22-23 July: Drafting Committee
24 July: Africa Food and Nutrition Day
24 July: 23rd Summit of the NEPAD Heads Of State and Government Orientation Committee  (HSGOC)
24 July: Working Lunch / Launching of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)
24 July: Meeting on Health Financing
24 July: Launch of the African Peace Hub
24 July: Meeting of the Committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC)
24 July: Summit Meeting of the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Coordination Mechanism (EASBRICOM)
24-27 July: Meetings of the Organization of African First Ladies Against Hiv/Aids (OAFLA)
25 July: Investment Roundtable / Working Lunch
25 July: Committee of Ten Heads of State on the United Nations Reforms
25-27 July: Fifteenth (15th) Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union
26 July: African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Working Lunch

16-20 August: Hydro Power Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
18-19 August: AU Workshop of experts and policy makers on situational analysis of commercialization of research and development in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
30 August: European Parliament DEVE session (Brussels, Belgium)
6-9 September: 25th European PV Solar Energy Conference and 5th World Conference on PV Conversion (Valencia, Spain)
10 September: EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (Brussels, Belgium)
10–11 September: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (informal) (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)
14-15 September: High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (Vienna, Austria)
20-22 September: UN MDG Review High Level Event (New York City, USA)
27 September: New horizons for EU- and inter-African cooperation (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)
04 October: ACP-EU JPA-3 committees (2 in EP, 1 in ACP house) (Brussels, Belgium)
18-20 October: ADEA (Agency for the development of enterprises in Africa)’s annual EURAFRIC-PARTNERS Forum (Lyon, France)
29-30 November 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)


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Europafrica Bulletin Issue 16 – 28 April 2008

April 29, 2008

The sixteenth issue of the Europafrica bulletin gives you an up-date on the implementation of the joint Africa- EU Strategy.

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March 26, 2008

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