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The 2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT (Dec. 2-3, 2013 / African Union Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is an event designed for anyone with an interest in Euro-African collaborative projects on ICT.
The Conference is organised in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week that will be held on Dec. 2-6 in Addis Ababa -- this week being part of a series of events organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU).
This major Conference is the sixth of a series of very successful conferences organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commission (Information Society Division):
- #1: March 25-26, 2009 - Brussels, Belgium
- #2: February 4, 2010 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- #3: December 7-8, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland
- #4: November 14-15, 2011 - Cape Town, South Africa
- #5: November 28-29, 2012 - Lisbon, Portugal
These conferences typically provide an indisputable focal point for all African-EU stakeholders in the public and private sectors involved in collaborative ICT research and ICT for development with a specific emphasis on networking-opportunities, knowledge-sharing and consensus-building.
Organised in the framework of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (JAES) and hosted by the African Union and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Egypt, this 6th Forum is aimed at strengthening and supporting the development of cooperation on ICT research and ICT4D between Africa and Europe by:
- Allowing European and African stakeholders involved in the development of cooperation on ICT to get together;
- Allowing participants to exchange views, share information, and identify synergies to increase the impact of their activities;
- Supporting policy dialogues, considering medium-to long term perspectives, and agreeing on an overall/coherent vision;
- Increasing the number of African organisations involved in EU/H2020 collaborative projects on ICT research thus enhancing the development of Euro-African collaborative projects in the field.
With a wide range of themes to be explored, including Health, Environment and Energy, Learning, Agriculture, ICT Infrastructures, Government Services, Living Labs, RECs, etc., a comprehensive programme will ensure all participants are able to develop international, cross-cutting contacts and enhance their knowledge and expertise.
About 200 key stakeholders (from Institutions, National and international companies, SMEs, Academia, Research institutes, etc.) in the field coming from all over Europe and Africa will attended the event, including: Policy-makers; Official and senior representatives from Governments; Representatives from international development cooperation agencies; ICT project managers; Programme managers; Heads of research labs; Researchers; IT engineers; Deans, directors, lecturers and researchers from universities and the higher education sector; Managers of NGOs, professional associations, centres of excellence, trade unions and chambers of commerce; Industry stakeholders.
The '2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT' will feature various session types:
- Plenary sessions (featuring officials from the European Commission, the African Union Commission, Governments, and internationally acknowledged ICT experts)
- Presentation sessions (organised around the main conference themes)
- Discussions and debates sessions (offering participants the opportunity to actively contribute to the Conference outputs)
- Networking sessions (aimed at facilitating additional and informal networking opportunities)
When & Where
The EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative
Under the aegis of the European Commission and the African Union Commission
EuroAfrica-P8 is a FP7 project funded by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) with the aim of strengthening ICT research and policy links between Africa and Europe under the 8th Strategic Partnership (P8).
The project builds upon the substantial results obtained and the significant momentum created by several previous projects (2006+), designated – over the years – as ‘the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative’.