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International Cooperation with Africa in FP6


Tuesday, 15 September 2009

International Cooperation with Africa in FP6

In 2005, the African Union adopted Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) following extensive continent-wide consultations. The CPA emphasises the development of Africa’s research and technological innovation through Networks of Excellence Centres and capacity building programmes. Improvements of human well-being today depend crucially on knowledge — its production, distribution, ownership and wise application. Research carried out domestically and internationally is vitally important for the generation of knowledge that a country can use for its development. International scientific and technological cooperation is a cornerstone for the transition to sustainability in today’s context of accelerating technological development and global interdependence. The 8th Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space agreed at the EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon in December 2007 is, therefore, a very important milestone for both sides. We realise that much can and must be done, requiring strong political commitment among African countries to build up their science and technology (S&T) capacities and use the results already available. This must be supported by strong international cooperation. This catalogue documents the part of recent achievements under the Specific International S&T Cooperation Programme (INCO) of the 6th Research Framework Programme (2002–2006).

Source: European Commission