High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (18/10/2011)

High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation, endorsed by the November 2010 EU-Africa Joint Summit of Tripoli and designed to enhance and strategically drive forward the STI cooperation between Africa and EU- First Senior Officials Meeting of the Dialogue took place on 10-11 2011 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Headquarter of the African Union Commission.

The meeting created an opportunity to bring Science, Technology and Innovation experts, policy makers and diplomats from the two continents and allowed the EU and Africa high level representatives to have a constructive and productive exchange on how to strengthen further the STI cooperation. They assessed what works and what doesn't, built on success stories and prepared a policy agenda for extended cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation between Africa and Europe.

First meeting of its kind since the 2002 Cape Town ACP Forum on Research for Sustainable Development, this event gave a new strategic impulse to EU-Africa bi-regional scientific cooperation.

It was proposed that the next SOM should be held by the end of 2012 in Europe and hosted by the European Commission.

European Commission was represented by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation whereas the African Union Commission was represented by Jean-Pierre Ezin, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.

The meeting also coincided with the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) 6th biannual Forum which presented recent advances in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa