07 June 2023 15:3018:30

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Africa-Europe cooperation: A dialogue on digitalisation


On 7 June 2023 from 15:30–18:30 CEST (16:30-19:30 EAT), ECDPM will co-organise a joint hybrid event in Addis Ababa and online with European Union Delegation to the African Union, the Rwanda mission to the African Union, the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) to take stock of recent advances and continued challenges in digitalisation in an Africa-Europe context and to identify ways to partner


16:30 – 16:35 Welcome

16:35 – 16:45 H.E. Ambassador Birgitte Markussen,
                             EU Ambassador to the AU and UNECA

16:45 – 16:55 Moses Bayingana
                             Acting Head of the Information Society Division, African Union Commission

16:55 – 17:05  Robert Opira
                              Deputy Rwanda Ambassador to the AU and Ethiopia

17:05 – 17:20 Presentation of key messages from the expert workshop on June 6
                             on AU-EU cooperation on digital infrastructure and digital single market
                             Melody Musoni, Digital Economy and Governance Policy Officer, ECDPM

17:20 – 18:25 Panel discussion and Q&A

moderated by Rob Floyd, Director, Innovation and Digital Policy, ACET


  • Larabi Jaïdi, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South 
  • Osman Issah, Unit Manager, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure Initiatives, Smart Africa
  • Noomane Fehri, former Minister of Digital Economy, Tunisia
  • Benedikt Erforth, Senior Researcher at IDOS and Megatrends Africa Project Lead

18:25 – 18:20 Conclusions, Thomas Huyghebaert,
                             Head of Policy and Cooperation, EU Delegation to the AU

18h30 - 19h30 - Networking cocktail 

ECDPM staff involved

Recording of the event

This event takes place in the context of the 'Africa-Europe relations: A balanced narrative and reality check' project ECDPM is a part of. Visit the project page to learn more.