ERAfrica African Briefing Session held at 23 and 24 June 2011 in Mombasa, Kenia

To generate interest in ERAfrica’s new approach to intercontinental cooperation, ERAfrica was recently unveiled at a meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya on 23 and 24 June 2011. The event united representatives from the governments of 17 African countries, including Botswana, Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
To generate interest in ERAfrica’s new approach to intercontinental cooperation, ERAfrica was recently unveiled at a meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya on 23 and 24 June 2011. The event united representatives from the governments of 17 African countries, including Botswana, Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In both plenary sessions and breakaway groups, all were invited to scrutinise the ERAfrica project proposal and to provide comments specifically on the thematic area most appropriate for the project to focus on, and on the types of activities it should seek to support.
Discussions were lively and well-informed, and while a number of possibilities were raised, it was eventually suggested that the field of “renewable and sustainable energy” might be an ideal field upon which to concentrate for the project’s first round of operational implementation. In terms of funding mechanisms, most participants were partial to joint projects mutually funded by all participating entities, whether governmental or private, but it was advised that one or two complementary activities should also be considered, such as training programmes and inter-African mobility funding.
In all cases support for the project was unanimous, and a number of representatives indicated that they would certainly recommend participation to their respective ministries, thus promising an imminent, and significant, expansion of ERAfrica on the continent to which the project owes its name.
Having now procured African support for ERAfrica, the next step is a similar presentation to programme owners in Europe, to take place on 21 October 2011 in Brussels.
For more detailed information, see the Press Release 2011 in the Documents Infobox.

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