EU, Africa Leaders Welcome Dialogue on Research
“We recognise that investment in research, science, technology and innovation is fundamental to achieve those objectives in particular, and to sustainable development of our societies in general,” the declaration says.
“With this in mind, we welcome the High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation held between the two continents.”
Higher education was also identified in the declaration as having a “particularly important role” in enhancing the development and growth prospects of both continents.
The 4th EU-Africa Summit took place from 2-3 April 2014 in Brussels.
The meeting of regional leaders addressed a number of challenges faced by both regions, under the theme of “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”.
Five priority areas will shape the EU-Africa relationship for the period 2014-2017:
- Peace and security
- Democracy, good governance and human rights
- Human development
- Sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration
- Global and emerging issues
EU-Africa cooperation in research and innovation is fostered through a plethora of bi-regional and bi-lateral programmes and projects, including the EU’s funding instrument for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020.
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