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Friday, 10 March 2006

Research and Education Networking in Southern and Eastern Africa

Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, opened a Workshop to consolidate commitment from key African and European actors with GEANT in Brussels. This event is in the context of the “EU Strategy for Africa” and the EC commitment to fight the digital Divide. The new “Strategy towards Africa” gives the EU a comprehensive, integrated and long-term framework for co-operation with Africa and makes a substantial contribution to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Viviane Reding highlighted the importance that we attach in Europe to the deployment of the Pan-European research network backbone GÉANT2 and, more generally, to the deployment of ICT based research Infrastructures, the so-called e-Infrastructures. GÉANT2 is the pan-European communications network for researchers, providing almost infinite capabilities to exchange information amongst its users. In terms of geographical coverage, GÉANT2 brings together the world’s largest interconnected community of scientists and academics.