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Implementation of the EU-AU Partnership on Science, ICT and Space: latest news

On 1st October 2008, during the European Union (EU) - African Union (AU) College-to-College Meeting (see attachments: IP Joint Statement and EU-AU Joint Statement Final), EU Commissioners for Science and Research (Dr Janez Potočnik), for Information Society and Media (Ms Viviane Reding), for Enterprise and Industry (Mr Günter Verheugen), and for Development (Mr Louis Michel), agreed with AU Commissioner for Human resources, Science and Technology (Dr Jean-Pierre Onvehoun Ezin), that a book of 19 "lighthouse projects" should serve as the framework for implementing the EU/AU Partnership on Science, ICT and Space and its Action plan (called the 8th Partnership).

In a Joint Statement on Implementation of the “EU-AU Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space", the Commissioners stress the need to strengthen African capacities in the area of science and technology, including ICT, and infrastructures in order that Africa can produce and use its own knowledge and services and to develop a sound S&T and ICT policy.

The 19 “lighthouse projects” have been identified and designed by the African Union Commission (AUC) to respond to African needs. They will help to build the continent’s capacities to harness, apply and develop S&T in order to eradicate poverty, fight diseases, reduce the digital divide, stem environmental degradation, and improve economic competitiveness.

The Commissioners agreed that 6 of the 19 lighthouse projects are 'early deliverables' and will receive immediate attention. Among them, 2 ICT initiatives are ready for early implementation: Africa Connect and The African Internet Exchange System (AXIS).

ACP-ICT Programme - Call for Proposals Deadline 16 September 2008

The European Commission has published the ACP-Information and Communication Technologies [@CP-ICT] Programme under its 9th European Development Fund. The Contracting Authority is the ACP Secretariat. The deadline for submission of proposals is 16 September 2008. More information is available here

Relevant Documents to download include:
ACP-ICT Programme – Guide for Grant Applicants
ACP-ICT3 Annexes - Zip file with all Annexes A - H

ACP-ICT Frequently Asked Questions

EuroAfrica-ICT/START Project - December 2007 - Mapping of ICT Research excellence in sub-Saharan Africa

EuroAfrica-ICT Manifesto, Brussels - November 19, 2007

EuroAfrica-ICT - Events