This is a European Commission sponsored project that officially started on January 01, 2008. The new European Strategy for Africa adopted by the EU Council in December 2005 gave a comprehensive policy framework that reflects the priorities of the EU in its relationship with Africa - Towards a deeper and stronger cooperation between Africa & the European Union. The development of EU-Africa Science and Technology cooperation on ICT is of mutual and strategic interest as ICT has been identified as an enabler for a sustainable and long-term development of the African continent.
The project main objective: To identify, promote and support strategic S&T cooperation opportunities on ICT between European and African organization, and to support policy dialogues between Europe and Africa. Other project objectives are to:
- Facilitate and support a strengthened EU-Africa dialogue;
- Identify and develop strategic cooperation projects of common interest and mutual benefit;
- Strengthen concentration and develop synergies between existing initiatives, programmes and projects;
- Pursue awareness rising in Africa; Ensure a wider promotion of cooperation opportunities in Europe;
- Pursue a specific focus on South Africa;
- Ensure a wider promotion of cooperation opportunities in Europe; and
- Pursue a specific focus on South Africa
- Develop/initiate a specific action towards the Caribbean.
Beneficiaries of this project include: Orionis, a Division of Sigma Consultants (France), The Meraka Institute of CSIR (South Africa), The Panos Institute West Africa, PIWA (Senegal), The Academy of Sciences for the developing World, TWAS (Italy), The Africa Unit of The Association of Commonwealth Universities, ACU (UK), Makerere University (Uganda), The Kigali Institute of S&T (Rwanda), The Caribbean Academy of Sciences (Jamaica), and The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (Belgium).
For more information Please visit the project website at: www.euroafrica-ict.org