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1 Open Access Conference th international conference on Open Access Nov. 2-3, Accra, Ghana Karine Valin Managing Director, Sigma Orionis Coordinator, eI-Africa EU/FP7 Project The eI-Africa Project Strengthening Cooperation on e-Infrastructures between Europe & sub-Saharan Africa 02/11/09 - European Project - FP

2 Project Rationale Partnership Agreements Many cooperation agreements between Europe & Africa have been signed… EU Strategy for Africa Adopted in 2005 The EU's response to the challenge of getting Africa back on the track of sustainable development & meeting the MDGs Promoting a more coordinated approach of EU MS policies/activities regarding Africa Africa-EU Joint Strategy & Action Plan (JSAP) EU-AU agreement / Signed in 2007 during the Lisbon EU-AU Summit Going beyond donor-recipient arrangements Paving the way for a partnership of equals based on mutual interests North Africa - The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Euromed) Ex Barcelona process - Re-launched in 2008 as the Union for the Mediterranean Raise the political level of the strategic relationship between the EU & its southern neighbours Sub-Saharan Africa - ACP-EC Partnership Agreement (Cotonou Agreement) Between the members of the ACP Group of States & the European Community & its MS Signed in Entered into force in 2003 Reduce & eventually eradicate poverty (in coherence with the objectives of sustainable development & the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy) South Africa - SA-EU Strategic Partnership Joint Action Plan Signed in 2007 and building on former agreements (e.g. Trade, Development & Coop. Agreement - TDCA) Environment & climate change, macro-economic policy, peace & security, migration, transport, education & training, ICT, social matters 02/11/09 2 - European Project - FP

3 Project Rationale S&T/ICT S&T Cooperation between Europe & Africa has entered a very promising phase… African Ministerial Council on S&T (AMCOST) Established in 2003 under the auspices of the New Partnership for Africas Dvpt (NEPAD) & the AU A high-level platform for developing policies & setting priorities on S&T, & innovation for African dvpt Provides political/policy leadership for the implementation of the S&T CPA Africa S&T Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) Developed and adopted by AMCOST Develop & use S&T for the socio-economic transformation of the continent & its integration into the world economy African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE) Aims at building a region fully benefiting from ICT services by 2015 Developed upon request of the 2 nd African Regional Preparatory Conference for the WSIS (Accra ) Based on the vision defined by the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) & NEPAD, under the AU leadership A Regional Action Plan for rolling out the information society in the continent EU-Africa Partnership for Science, Information Society & Space (8 th Partnership) The EC & the AUC agreed on a EU-Africa Strategic Partnership (EU-AU Summit - Lisbon07) 8 thematic partnerships identified; the 8 th one being Science, Info. Society, & Space To help to bridge scientific & digital divides / To strengthen Africa's base in the S&T field To enhance the use of ICT & space apps as enablers for growth & socio-economic dvpt A book of 19 lighthouse projects is defined Among them 2 ICT related projects are ready for early implementation AfricaConnect - Extend the reach of the European research/education high-speed network GEANT to SSA The African Internet Exchange Syst. (AXIS) - Enhance Internet deployment/use in Africa 02/11/09 3 - European Project - FP

4 Project Rationale e-Infrastructures e-Infrastructures are logically playing a key role EU-Africa Partnership on Infrastructures - Interconnecting Africa Signed in 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Aiming at creating & sustaining regional infrastructure networks & services Aiming at securing the interconnectivity of the African continent (transport, water, energy & ICT) & its different regions Aiming at substantially increasing investment in infrastructure & delivery of related services Supporting the creation of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund African National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) Provide data communications networking facilities to the research & education community on a national basis Interconnection between NRENs is key A momentum supported by the African Ubuntunet Alliance (secure affordable high speed international connectivity & efficient ICT access/usage for African NRENs) AfricaConnect Project 1 of the 6 early deliverables of the 8 th Partnership Support the establishment of sustainable & extensible regional backbone networks dedicated to the interconnection of African NRENs to each other and to the world via the pan-European GÉANT Network FEAST feasibility study Aiming at providing the EC with a roadmap to implement the AfricaConnect initiative ERINA4Africa Study Aiming at providing the EC with a comprehensive study on e-Infrastructures in Africa 02/11/09 4 - European Project - FP

5 Project Overview Project acronym: eI-Africa Project baseline: Strengthening Cooperation on e-Infrastructures between Europe & sub-Saharan Africa Project Number: Funding Scheme: Coordination & Support Action / CAS-SA Programme: FP7 Specific Programme: Capacities Thematic Area: Research Infrastructures Call Identifier: FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES Duration: 18 months (Oct March 2011) EC Project Officer: Carmen Mena-Abela 02/11/09 5 - European Project - FP

6 The e-Infrastructures Summit - Main Objectives It is today strategic to organise an e-Infrastructure community gathering! Allow main stakeholders in the field to: Exchange views Share information Identify synergies Give the highest visibility to their activities and increase their impact Further support policy dialogues (apprehending medium to long term perspectives and agreeing on an overall & coherent vision) Raise awareness and promote the use of e-Infrastructures Encourage the emergence of early adopters Support the development of flagship projects in terms of applications Issue roadmaps & recommendations to the competent authorities Give the highest visibility to the initiatives aiming at supporting the development of NRENs in Africa and their interconnection to GEANT2 Etc. 02/11/09 6 - European Project - FP

7 The e-Infrastructure Summit - Concept 02/11/09 7 - European Project - FP Linking at the speed of the light GÉANT, RedCLARA, TEIN, EumedConnect Accessing knowledge scientific data Innovating the scientific process global virtual research communities Experimenting in silico simulation and visualisation Sharing the best computational resources e-Science grid, supercomputing When? Oct.-Nov. 2010? Where? In Europe? Africa? In collocation with other related events? Which addressed topics? The whole e-Infrastructures programme From networks to usages From research networking to global virtual research collaboration

8 The e-Infrastructure Summit - Concept (Ctd) What? A 2-day event Plenary sessions Thematic sessions Organised by the eI-Africa Project Under the aegis of the EC and the AUC Who should attend? 200 stakeholders are expected to attend Coming from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa Policy makers, project managers, heads of research labs, researchers, engineers, academia representatives, and industry stakeholders, etc. Institutions, national and international organisations, SMEs, academia and research institutes, etc. A budget is planned to allocate 45 (partial) mobility grants to Africans (more thanks to sponsors?) Registration fee? Free of charge (but pre-registrations will be compulsory and a selection made) 02/11/09 8 - European Project - FP

9 Project Roadmap 02/11/09 9 - European Project - FP

10 Your involvement is key! Help us to promote the event! Answer the call for communications! Suggest events for co-location! Express you interest in joining the event programme committee! Sponsor the event! (by offering full or partial mobility grants we ensure a larger participation of high-level delegates from sub-Saharan Africa ) 02/11/09 10 - European Project - FP (coming soon!)

11 Thank you for your attention! 02/11/09 11 - European Project - FP

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