High Level Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation on Science, Technology and Innovation to convene in Addis Ababa (30/03/2016)

As a component of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), the High Level Dialogue (HLPD) provides an institutionalised forum for continent-to-continent dialogue on STI policies, programmes and practices, aiming to enhance the quality and quantity of EU-Africa cooperation in STI. The HLPD meets every two years.

Hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC), this will be the 3rd meeting of Senior Officials of EU and AU Member States. Leading up to these meetings preparatory work is done by a Bureau comprising the EC, EUC, AUC and 7 member state representatives from each continent. The current EU Member States represented in the Bureau are: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal & the UK, while on the African side they are: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo, Brazzaville, Namibia, Nigeria & South Africa.

Over the past 2 years the HLPD has been working with African and European experts and policy-makers to develop a research roadmap for a jointly designed and implemented Research and Innovation Partnership to address the critical challenges of Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture on both continents. The 3rd Senior Officials meeting is the culmination of this process with the expected adoption of the research roadmap and announcement of joint EU-Africa commitment to long-term implementation through a flexible, long-term platform of cooperation, such as an international research consortium that will operate in a food systems approach, linking research to innovation for enhanced impact at local level.

The European Union has already committed €47.5 million over 4 years (2014 to 2017) to this initiative: €30 million from Horizon 2020 programme and €17.5 million through the African Union Research Grants programme managed by the AUC.

Further investments are foreseen from 2018 onwards, but substantial additional investments are needed from African and European countries as well as from other key players. To prompt this, the HLPD is organising a Stakeholder Forum on 5-6 April in Addis Ababa in order to:

  • present the Research and Innovation Partnership
  • advocate for stakeholder involvement in refining the research roadmap and
  • to pledge for commitment to implement the roadmap from African and European governments and funding agencies.

The conclusions of the HLPD SOM – including the adoption of the research roadmap – will be proposed for consideration to the EU-AU College-to-College meeting on 7 April 2016.

Overview of events:

HLPD Senior Officials Meeting (4-5 April) –from 4th April (11h30) to 5th April (12h15) – CLOSED MEETING.

Stakeholder Forum (from 5th April (14h00) to 6th April (17h45) – registration online (https://secure.pt-dlr.de/pt-conference/conference/HLPD_2016)