On the 21 October 2011, the South African Representation hosted the ERAfrica Briefing Session for African and European Programme Owners
On the 21 October 2011, the South African Representation hosted the ERAfrica Briefing Session for African and European Programme Owners. More than 50 representatives from European and African institutions came together in order to reflect on the European interest in cooperating with African partners and to prepare the ground for entering into a bi-regional dialogue. In a first part, the audience was informed about the experiences of European Programme Owners from other international ERA.NETs as well as on lessons learnt from the implementation of joint activities of Programme Owners in Europe and non-European countries. The second part of the session was to present the outcome from a respective Briefing Session for African Programme Owners and a list of expectations and recommendations from African Partners in order to pave the way to an open discussion about European interest in joint activities with African funding institutions. The participants exchanged thoughts and ideas about European interest in and possible perspectives for joint activities with African funding institutions:
It was stressed that ERAfrica, in contrast to other programmes, is free to design activities based on the interest of the participating Funding Parties. Moreover, a main principle of ERAfrica is to ensure that all participating Funding Parties have equal say in the designing, implementation and running of these activities. As to the added value of ERAfrica in direct comparison to other FP7 projects, it was underlined that ERAfrica does not just serve a European interest, but is based on a joint Africa-European approach.
Asked at which date information about the concrete nature of ERAfrica could be expected, the present ERAfrica consortium members stated that the candidates for Joint Activities to focus on would be selected in a joint meeting of interested Programme Owners/Funding Parties on January 18. + 19., 2012, Alexandria/Egypt. In preparation, several scenarios for possible Joint Activities would be proposed by the ERAfrica project consortium building on input from interested Programme Owners including the outcome of the present meeting.
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