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European Union and African Union research and innovation ministers meet for the first time

On July 16th, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Sarah Agbor, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, hosted the first ever EU-AU research and innovation ministers’ meeting. The discussion, taking place by videoconference, focused on research and innovation (R&I) activities addressing the human health impacts and the more far-reaching socio-economic effects of COVID-19.

Commissioner Gabriel said:

“Research and innovation plays an essential role in our cooperation with Africa. In view of creating a knowledge society and economy, we need to further scale up this existing academic and scientific cooperation. This has to take place through mobility schemes for our researchers and innovators as well as through vocational education and training. Enhancing skills development, particularly for women and youth, has also to be one of our priorities. By strengthening our R&I cooperation we provide concrete benefits for our people and societies.”

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