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Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Roadmap 2014-2017 of the fourth EU-Africa Summit

The Roadmap 2014-2017 of the fourth EU-Africa Summit establishes key areas for cooperation: science, technology and innovation; higher education, mobility and migration and employment; sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration; global and emerging issues and the post-2015 development agenda.
In regard of science, technology and innovation, the EU and the African delegations engaged themselves to reinforce their cooperation through research communities and the creation of joint academic  research programmes. In addition, a long-term, jointly funded and managed research and innovation partnership will be developed, in particular in the areas of food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.
To reach an higher education, the Erasmus+ programme, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the Nyerere mobility programme will help to increase top-quality mobility of African and European students, scholars, researchers and staff. The African Higher Education Harmonisation and Tuning pilot initiative will be expanded.
The Brussels summit adopted a Joint Declaration on Migration and Mobility and agreed to implement an Action Plan for the period 2014-2017. In line with this declaration, synergies between migration and development will be enhanced.
The promotion of a sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration will focus on stimulating economic growth that reduces poverty, creating decent jobs and mobilising the entrepreneurial potential of people, in particular the youth and women, in a sustainable manner. Supporting development of private sector and SMEs and deepening the continental integration process, notably through accelerated infrastructure development, energy, industrialization and investment are also sen as crucial. A special attention will be given to private investment, infrastructure and continental integration but also to agriculture, food security and food safety.
In order to face global and emerging issues, the EU and its African partners  will achieve a common positions in global fora and international negotiations and jointly address global challenges. The main challenges identified are climate change and environment and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Source: Council of the European Union