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Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action presented in Brussels

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Office of Science and Technology will be presenting a lunchtime presentation on Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) in Brussels on Wednesday 30 January 2008.

30 January 2008 - 30 January 2008

The presentation will be delivered by Prof Aggrey Ambali of the NEPAD Office on Wednesday at the South African Embassy and Mission to the European Union in Brussels (Rue Montoyer 17-19, 1000 Brussels; Metro: Trone)

AMCOST was established in November 2003 under the auspices of the African Union (AU) and NEPAD. It is a high-level inter-governmental platform for developing policies and setting priorities on science, technology and innovation for African development. AMCOST provides political and policy leadership for the implementation of the CPA. The CPA articulates Africa’s common objective of socio-economic transformation and full integration into the world economy. It reaffirms Africa’s commitment to collective action for developing and using science and technology for these objectives. The CPA is conceptualized and developed on three interrelated metaphors namely: capacity-building, knowledge production, and technological innovation.

The CPA places emphasis on developing an African system of research and technological innovation by establishing networks of centers of excellence dedicated to specific R&D and capacity-building programmes. It complements a series of other AU and NEPAD programmes for such areas as agriculture, environment, health, infrastructure, industrialization and education. Further information, including a copy of the CPA, is available at

As programme of the AU, the CPA will also constitute the basis for the implementation of “the Africa-EU Partnership on Science, Information and Space”, forming part of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, adopted at the Africa-EU Summit held in Lisbon in December 2007. It was therefore deemed appropriate to present the CPA, especially with regard to progress in its implementation, to the Brussels community of R&D policy- and decision-makers.

The programme will commence at 12:30 with a presentation by Prof Ambali on the CPA followed by discussions. Refreshments will be served thereafter to permit networking. Proceedings will conclude at 14:00.

All interested parties are welcome to attend, but participation should be confirmed with Daan du Toit at


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