Brussels Prepares to Host 4th AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Forum: Shaping Policies and Partnerships

Brussels is abuzz with anticipation as it gears up to host the highly awaited 4th AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Forum from April 22 to 24, 2024. With a spotlight on the transformative potential of science and digital innovation, this Forum is poised to be a pivotal event shaping European Union (EU) policies towards Africa while placing African scientific leadership front and center.

This dynamic platform seeks to deepen engagements between policymakers and scientific stakeholders, amplifying the impact of collaborative endeavours between Africa and Europe. Leveraging digital technologies, the Forum aims to extend the reach of scientific collaboration across Africa, ensuring inclusive participation and driving sustainable development goals.

At the core of the Forum's agenda are discussions on significant policy frameworks and strategic plans, including the AU-EU Innovation Agenda, the AUC Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030), and the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa. Key EU programs and instruments such as Horizon Europe, FP10, and the Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) will also take center stage, reflecting the Forum's commitment to advancing healthcare, biodiversity, and digital advancements.

Furthermore, the Forum's alignment with the broader EU Development Agenda underscores a steadfast commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa, in line with global development goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Delving into topics ranging from Astronomy to ICT and Environmental Sustainability, the Forum will provide crucial policy insights, bolstering the Africa-EU partnership.

Of particular interest will be discussions on new regulatory measures, including those related to AI, data protection, and medical device governance. These deliberations will reflect on their implications for Africa's scientific landscape and collaborative ventures with the EU while integrating viewpoints from global organizations such as the UN and OECD to ensure alignment with the global development agenda.

In essence, the 4th Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Forum epitomizes the collaborative and unified approach championed by Team Europe. By emphasizing the critical role of science and digital innovation, this Forum reaffirms the EU's commitment to working collaboratively for greater impact and effectiveness in international cooperation and development.


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