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2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT

The ‘2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT’ is taking place on December 2-3, 2013 at the African Union Conference Centre (AUCC) and Office Complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event is organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT/P8 EU/FP7 funded project in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week that will be held on Dec. 2-6 in Addis Ababa. This week is part of a series of events organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU).

The ‘2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT’ is the sixth of a series of very successful conferences organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative under the aegis of the European Commission (EC, DG CONNECT) and the African Union Commissions (AUC, Information Society Division) and in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (JAES):

  • #1: March 25-26, 2009 – Brussels, Belgium
  • #2: February 4, 2010 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • #3: December 7-8, 2010 – Helsinki, Finland
  • #4: November 14-15, 2011 – Cape Town, South Africa
  • #5: November 28-29, 2012 – Lisbon, Portugal

These conferences provide an indisputable focal point for all African-EU stakeholders in the public and private sectors involved in collaborative ICT research and ICT for development with a specific emphasis on networking-opportunities, knowledge-sharing and consensus-building.

Organised in the framework of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (JAES) and hosted by the African Union and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Egypt, this 6th Forum is aimed at strengthening and supporting the development of cooperation on ICT research and ICT4D between Africa and Europe by:

:: Allowing European and African stakeholders involved in the development of cooperation on ICT to get together;
:: Allowing participants to exchange views, share information, and identify synergies to increase the impact of their activities;
:: Supporting policy dialogues, considering medium-to long term perspectives, and agreeing on an overall/coherent vision;
:: Increasing the number of African organisations involved in EU/H2020 collaborative projects on ICT research thus enhancing the development of Euro-African collaborative projects in the field.

The Forum will feature various session types:

:: Plenary sessions (featuring officials from the European Commission, the African Union Commission, Governments, and internationally acknowledged ICT experts)
:: Presentation sessions (organised around the main conference themes)
:: Discussions and debates sessions (offering participants the opportunity to actively contribute to the Conference outputs)
:: Networking sessions (aimed at facilitating additional and informal networking opportunities).

With a wide range of themes to be explored, a comprehensive programme will ensure all participants are able to develop international, cross-cutting contacts and enhance their knowledge and expertise. Thematic sessions will focus on the following themes:

:: ICT for Learning & Education
:: ICT Infrastructures & NRENs
:: ICT for Government Services
:: ICT for Agriculture
:: ICT for Environmental Sustainability & Energy
:: Africa/EU Research Collaboration Initiatives
:: Cyber Security & Trustworthy ICT
:: ICT for Health
:: Future Internet Research and the Internet of Things
:: Building é Strengthening ICT Research Capacities
:: Mobile Applications: Health, Agriculture, Education, Environment, etc.

Over 200 European and African key stakeholders (from Institutions, National and International Companies, SMEs, Academia, Research institutes, etc.) in the field coming from all over Europe and Africa will attend the event.

Among them: Policy-makers | Senior representatives from Governments | Representatives from international development cooperation agencies | ICT project managers | Programme managers | Heads of research labs | Researchers | IT engineers | Deans, directors, lecturers and researchers from universities and the higher education sector | Managers of NGOs, professional associations, centres of excellence, trade unions, chambers of commerce, etc. | Industry stakeholders | etc.


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African Union Conference Centre
Roosvelt Street
(Old Airport Area)
Addis Ababa

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