The 1st Research and Innovation Ministerial Meeting of the AU-EU High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (HLPD on STI) met in 2020 and agreed to focus on cooperation efforts in four priority areas, namely: Public Health, Green transition, Innovation & Technology, and Capacities for Science. Ministers also agreed to start developing the joint AU-EU Innovation Agenda which provides an outline of actions to be taken in partnership with Africa to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and, also strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.
As part of this initiative, the EC and the AU are organizing the AU-EU Innovation Agenda Stakeholder Event, that will take place in Nairobi from 23-24 November 2022 to review the drafted AU-EU Innovation Agenda. This presents a culmination of a stakeholder dialogue process started in February this year, to seek feedback and input from citizens and organisations on the draft version of the AUEU Innovation Agenda. Strengthening Research and Innovation (R&I) cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) is a key priority, as R&I contributes to enhancing sustainable and inclusive economic growth and job generation, thereby reducing poverty and inequalities. Designing and implementing new and innovative methods and tools to counteract future health threats due to long standing, (re)emerging, or antimicrobial resistant pathogens, and to promote One Health and precision medicine, in a changing environment is among their long-term public health actions. Feedback and input received during this Stakeholder Event will be taken into account in the preparation of the final version of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda, that will be presented to the 2nd Research and Innovation Ministerial Meeting of the AU-EU HLPD on STI in 2023 for adoption.
We are pleased to announce that EU-Africa PerMed will participate in this important event. The Kenyan National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), one of the project partners will participate on site, represented by Ms. Teresia Nyawira, who will act as rapporteur of the thematic session on Public health.
Please find more information at: https://aueu-innovationagenda-stakeholderevent.com/