Europe eyes closer research and innovation ties with Africa

Africa is fast becoming a key priority on the European Union’s foreign policy agenda and research and innovation have a role to play in deepening the partnership – but investment and integrated strategies are needed to encourage more cooperation, writes Goda Naujokaityte for Science|Business.

“We need a reinforced and deepened discussion between the [European] Commission, member states and stakeholder organisations on how to establish framework conditions to ensure a sustainable partnership with our African partners,” said Patrick Nedellec, director for European and international cooperation at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, speaking at an event focused on research and innovation partnerships with Africa, organised by the French permanent representation to the EU.

This is one of three events focused on deepening cooperation with African partners taking place in Brussels this month, with Germany and Nordic universities holding their own discussions. The ambition for strengthened cooperation is part of the EU’s global agenda. Research is one of the 11 priority areas of the Global Gateway, Ursula von der Leyen Commission’s €250 billion (US$267 billion) project investing in infrastructure and development projects in regions ranging from Latin America and the Caribbean, to Sub-Saharan Africa.
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