10 Mar 2020
Commission proposes intensified EU-African Cooperation in R&I
With the Communication 'Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa', the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa on 9 March 2020. To be able to better respond together to today’s challenges, the communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility.
Under the ‚sustainable growth and jobs‘ heading, a specific action is proposed on partnering with Africa to rapidly enhance learning, knowledge and skills, research and innovation capacities. It is proposed to scale up EU-Africa academic and scientific cooperation, including technical and vocational education and training, and to enhance skills development with a view to creating a knowledge society and economy. According to the paper, the EU should facilitate the mobility of students, teachers, trainers, and researchers, the development of research and innovation capacities and put emphasis on the interaction between education, science, technology and innovation for improved learning.
The Communication can be downloaded here: