Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation
Between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

Forging Closer Ties

Forging Closer Ties

Forging Closer Ties

CAAST-Net Plus partners have met with representatives of Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to explore bringing the regional blocs closer to Africa-EU research and innovation activities. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Discussions took place at a workshop in Pretoria on 4 and 5 February, which included science programming and science strategy presentations by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Building Bridges

“We’ve managed to create a bridge between the RECs and the EU-Africa partnership and it’s now up to us to meet the commitments made in the short term that will lead to longer term action,” said CAAST-Net Plus coordinator, Dr Andy Cherry, speaking in an interview after the event. 

“The discussions led to some very positive steps in the short term which we can actually address, and in that sense, the workshop’s objectives have been fulfilled,” Cherry said.

CAAST-Net Plus is coordinated by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK. Dr Andy Cherry is seen above addressing workshop participants. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus] View more workshop photos

Workshop report


Short-term goals arising from the meeting included:

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CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 311806
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