Europafrica Bulletin Issue 39 – October 2010

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Selection of recent and upcoming events

Libya Hosts 3rd Africa-EU Summit in November

Global Arab Network
Africa and the European Union will hold their 3rd Summit in Libya on 29-30 November 2010 , reports Global Arab Network.  Under the overarching theme of “Investment, Economic Growth and Job Creation”, Heads of States and Governments will address key issues, Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Africa-EU Task Force Meeting
The Joint Task Force will meet from 20 to 21 October to discuss the cooperation between EU and AU in all eight partnerships. It will prepare work for the upcoming Africa-EU Summit on 29-30 November in Tripoli, Libya. Participants will discuss progress in each of the eight partnerships of the Joint Africa EU Strategy, and agree on an Action Plan Read the rest of this entry »

Public debate: Africa-Europe – A changing relationship?
Heads of State and Government of Europe and Africa will meet in Tripoli, Libya, on 29-30 November in the third EU-Africa to discuss the current state of Europe-Africa relations. Three years after the Lisbon Summit, time seems to be ripe for a more critical debate and reflection on how the partnership has evolved Read the rest of this entry »

Post-Lisbon implications for Africa
Within the framework of “Fridays of the Commission” three representatives from the European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) – an independent foundation aiming at contributing to improve relations and cooperation between the European Union Read the rest of this entry »

The 3rd Africa-EU Summit at a glance
An overview of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit’s objectives, side events and the 2nd Action Plan covering 2010-2013 can be found at the African Union Commission and European Commission’s joint website.

3rd Joint Consultative Meeting between the EU PSC and the AU PSC

On the occasion of their 3rd Joint Consultative meeting the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and the Security Council of the African Union issued the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »

Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: Implementing the New Africa-EU Partnership
Chatham House
The dynamics of the security and defence relationship between the AU and EU have evolved in the last decade, and as nations on both continents seek to pool their responses to peace and security issues new opportunities and challenges arise. Read the rest of this entry »

Joint Communique of the Ministerial Meeting on Piracy and Maritime Security in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region
The ESA-IO Ministers and Representatives of the Republic of Comoros, the Republic of Djibouti, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Seychelles, the Somali Republic, the Republic of South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the EU High Representative Read the rest of this entry »

EU donates 500,000 euros to fight illicit arms trade
The New Times
The European Union (EU) has provided €500,000 to help in the prevention, control and reduction of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

South Africa and Mauritius: Ashton to discuss enhanced cooperation with EUNAVFOR Somalia
Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President will visit South Africa (October 6) and Mauritius (October 7-9) this week to discuss strengthening strategic dialogue, deepening regional cooperation in the fight against piracy and contribution to international efforts for stability in Somalia. Read the rest of this entry »

Informal lunch seminar on Africa-EU cooperation on Peace and Security in Africa
The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) together with Institute for Security Studies , Addis Ababa Office (ISS) held a small informal lunch seminar on Africa-EU cooperation on Peace and Security in Africa and its implications for other areas of Africa-EU relations on Thursday of last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Ivory Coast: EU to observe the presidential elections

The European Commission is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential elections in Ivory Coast, scheduled to take place on 31 October 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

EU allocates €17 million for ongoing humanitarian needs ahead of upcoming referendum on South Sudan
Today, the European Commission approved an additional package of €17 million to support the preparation of essential humanitarian provisions in Darfur, the South and the Transitional Areas ahead of the referendum on the self determination of Southern Sudan Read the rest of this entry »

EC supports the electoral process in the Central African Republic
European Commission
On 25 October, the Commission granted € 9.5 million to support the electoral process in the Central African Republic. Commissioner Piebalgs commented: «The support of the EU to the electoral process will allow this country to honour its commitments to democratic consolidation Read the rest of this entry »

Nairobi event seeks funding commitments for development of major transport corridors

Countries from the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region meet next week in Nairobi to discuss strategies and funding for development of infrastructure at the Infrastructure Development Conference organized by EAC, COMESA and SADC under the Tripartite Framework in conjunction with IGAD. Read the rest of this entry »

EU-Egypt partnership
The main purpose of Commissioner Füle’s visit to Egypt today is to discuss with Prime Minister HE Dr Ahmed Nazif and other key ministers how to strengthen the EU-Egypt partnership further. The European Commissioner will also announce EU-Egypt co-operation programmes for the period 2009-13 amounting to €800 million Read the rest of this entry »

REFORM follows up on the Simplified Trade Regime (STR)
Following the recently launched Simplified Trade Regime (STR) between Malawi and Zambia and Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Regional Food Security and Risk Management (REFORM) programme funded by the European Union, commissioned a rapid assessment of its implementation. Read the rest of this entry »

First High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership

Africa-EU Energy Partnership
The First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) successfully concluded. The host country of the Meeting, Austria, represented by Read the rest of this entry »

EIB and African Development Bank finance first large-scale wind farm in Africa
The European Investment Bank and African Development Bank today agreed to provide EUR 45m to design, build and operate onshore wind farms on four islands in the Cape Verde archipelago. This will be the first large scale wind project in Africa and first renewable energy public private partnership in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

European Union supports Egyptian Power Sector with EUR 560m European Investment Bank loan and EU EUR 20 million grant
The European Investment Bank will provide a EUR 560m support package for priority electricity generation and transmission investment in Egypt, alongside EUR 20m European Union grant funding under the Neighborhood Investment Facility Read the rest of this entry »

Water and Energy in Africa

Water and Energy in Africa will be the theme of the 10th Edition of the EURAFRIC-PARTNERS Forum, which will be held 18th – 21th October 2010 at the Lyon Convention Centre (France). Read the rest of this entry »

South-South Migration can contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goals
According to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Observatory on Migration, which was officially launched in Brussels this week, improved South-South migration management can positively contribute to the development of countries striving to achieve the Millennium Development Goals Read the rest of this entry »

EU and Cameroon to ensure legal origin of imported wood products

Today, the European Union signed the Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Cameroon, the largest African exporter of timber products to the EU. By July 2012, all shipments of wood products from Cameroon to the EU will be required to carry a license showing that they contain timber and wood products from a legal origin. Read the rest of this entry »

Climate Change forum opens with calls for African leaders to move from rhetoric to action
Africa and Europe in Partnership
Ethiopia’s President, Girma Wolde-Giorgis has called on African leaders to “close the gap between rhetoric and adaptation actions” in order to effectively address the impact of climate change across the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

Debate on the priorities of the Migration, Mobility and Employment Partnership

Africa and Europe in Partnership
African and European senior officials met in Brussels for three days of intense discussions, to shape the future direction and actions of the Africa-EU Migration Mobility and Employment (MME) Partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

European Commission and Libya agree a Migration Cooperation agenda during high level visit to boost EU-Libya relations
In the framework of the visit an agreement on a migration cooperation agenda was signed yesterday evening in Tripoli by Commissioner Malmström, Commissioner Füle, M. Moussa Koussa, the Secretary of General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation, and M. Yunis Al-Obeidi, the Secretary of General People’s Committee for Public Security Read the rest of this entry »

White Paper on Africa-Europe higher education cooperation for development
European University Association
EUA is part of an international consortium of African and European higher education organisations that has published a White Paper outlining a series of recommendations for strengthening higher education cooperation between the two continents Read the rest of this entry »

Private sector needed in AU-EU partnership

An African Union (AU) commissioner said the three-year-old partnership between Africa and the European Union needs to be speeded up. Read the rest of this entry »

Space for the African Citizen
According to Jean-Pierre Ezin, the African Union (AU) commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), African countries must utilise space in order to support sustainable development. Africa needs a space programme Read the rest of this entry »

A u-turn on the European External Action Service? Where is development?

ODI blog
The new European External Action Service (EEAS) is slowly coming alive. The recruitment process is in full swing, with the appointment of 28 ambassadors charged with representing the European Union’s interest abroad. Read the rest of this entry »

Council of the EU calls for drawing up a strategy on the Sahel
Council of the EU
At their 3041st Foreign Affairs Council meeting the Council adopted the following conclusions Read the rest of this entry »

Ashton “deeply regrets” appointment of Admiral in Guinea-Bissau
The Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, issued the following statement on Friday Read the rest of this entry »

Offshore oil drilling: European Commission envisages EU safety rules
The European Commission for the very first time envisages comprehensive EU legislation on oil platforms aimed at ensuring the highest safety standards in the world. In the Communication on the safety of oil and gas activities the Commission contemplates new EU standards Read the rest of this entry »

Amani Africa: Building Capacity For Sustainable Peace

The Amani Africa Command Post Exercise (CPX) will be conducted from 13th to 29th October 2010 at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The execution of this exercise will train and evaluate AU capabilities to plan conduct and prosecute a Peace Support Operation. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 Ibrahim Index of African Governance
African Governance Intsitute
The 2010 Ibrahim Index, released yesterday, shows recent gains in many countries in human and economic development but declines in political rights, personal safety and the rule of law. Read the rest of this entry »

South Africa plans aid agency to boost African development
Africa The Good News
South Africa is set to create a US-style development aid agency as it seeks to play a more prominent role as a major donor country in Africa, says International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Read the rest of this entry »

AU Appoints Special Representative in charge of Counter-Terrorism Cooperation
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, today appointed Mr. Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, from Mozambique, as his Special Representative in charge of Counter‐Terrorism Cooperation and, concurrently, as the Director of the Algiers‐based African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT). Read the rest of this entry »

African leadership and EU patience needed to achieve African integration

Weekly Compass
African countries need to be prepared to pool their sovereignty and entrust their collective sovereignty to common institutions that are given appropriate powers of action in order to ensure continental integration according to a report Read the rest of this entry »

Rethinking the (European) Foundations of Sub-Saharan African Regional Economic Integration
Support for regional economic integration in Africa runs high amongst the continent’s international development partners and African elites. However, its expression in European forms of economic integration, argues Peter Draper in his Working Paper, is not appropriate Read the rest of this entry »

Selection of recent and upcoming events
4 October: ACP-EU JPA-3 committees – 2 in EP, 1 in ACP house (Brussels, Belgium)
10-11 October: EP-PAP parliamentary meeting (Midrand, South Africa)
14 October: EARN and West African Institute for international research on regional integration and social transformations public debate “Europe-Africa: A Changing Relationship?” (Praia, Cape Verde)
17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 October: Joint AU PSC/EU PSC (Brussels, Belgium)
18-20 October: ADEA (Agency for the development of enterprises in Africa)’s annual EURAFRIC-PARTNERS Forum (Lyon, France)
19-20 October: Steering Committee Meeting (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
21 October: African Human Rights Day
21-22 October: AU-EU Joint Task Force Meeting
21-22 October: Development Ministers’ Meeting (informal) (Brussels, Belgium)
25-29 October: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment  (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
27-28 October: Chatham House: Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: Implementing the New Africa-EU Partnership (London, United Kingdom)
November: Senior Officials Meeting for the overall EU-Africa Partnership
and 15th Africa-EU Ministerial Meeting (Lilongwe, Malawi)
1-5 November: First All-Africa Energy Week: “Energy Infrastructure and Services in the Context of Climate Challenges” (Maputo, Mozambique)
8-11 November: Fourth Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (Puerto Vallata, Mexico)
10-13 November: MEDays 2010 (Tangier, Morocco)
15 November: Final Conference of the VENRO Project “Prospects for Africa – Europe’s Policies” (Berlin, Germany)
18-19 November: High Level International Conference as a follow up of “Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) Africa (Brussels, Belgium)
18-19 November: 3rd annual gathering of the African Media Leaders Forum (Yaounde, Cameroon)
23-24 November: Side event: Nyerere – Supporting academic mobility and revitalisation of higher education in Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)
25-26 November: Africomm 2010: 2nd International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructures and Services for Developing Countries (Cape Town, South Africa)
26-28 November: Africa-Europe Youth Summit (Tripoli, Libya)
26-28 November: EU-Africa Business Forum (Tripoli, Libya)
26 November – 5 December: 20th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Brussels, Belgium)
29-30 November: 3rd EU-Africa Summit (Tripoli, Libya)
4-5 December: World Climate Summit (Cancun, Mexico)
7-8 December: 3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research (Helsinki, Finland)
9-10 December: 2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference (Helsinki, Finland)

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