AfriConEU Kick-off Meeting

AfriConEU’s Kick-off Meeting Summary

AfriConEU’s s kick-off meeting took place on the 9th of February digitally due to the COVID-19 restrictions. During the morning session, representatives of all the eleven Consortium’s partners had the chance to present themselves, their institution, and their role in the project. Later on, the Work Packages leaders presented the respective work-packages as planned for the afternoon’s introduction with the European Commission Representatives. During the afternoon meeting, the Consortium interacted with the European Commission’s representatives and discussed the project. The Representatives from DG DEVCO, DG Growth, and DG Research provided insights on ongoing initiatives. The partners attended presentations on current EU initiatives in Africa to create synergies and use the results developed in these projects’ framework. The Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA), the Africa Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP), the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the Enterprise Europe Network, and the EU policy initiative on Innovation Hubs have been presented and discussed. All in all, the meeting allowed the AfriConEU partners from Europe and Africa better to understand the European Digital Innovation Hubs roadmap and evolution while being informed about the above-mentioned initiatives and projects coordinated and funded by the European Commission.