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JAES Reference Group on Infrastructure Meeting - "Shaping Cooperation in the run-up to the 5th Africa EU Summit" - Brussels 24-25 April 2017

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The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) Reference Group on Infrastructure (RGI) met in Brussels, Belgium, on 24 and 25 April 2017. In the run-up to the 5th Africa EU Summit in November 2017, the objective of the RGI was to shape the future JAES infrastructure agenda in the areas of energy, transport, water and digitalisation for the period 2018-2020. More than 120 African and European stakeholders joined the event that was opened by H.E. Dr Amani Abou Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC and Ms Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General International Cooperation and Development.

The partners recalled the key role of the Africa-EU Partnership in steering the Africa-EU infrastructure agenda beyond 2017. They recalled the role of sustainable, safe and resilient infrastructure development for job creation, for offering opportunities for the Youth to integrate into the labour market, for enjoying greater inter-African and urban mobility and for benefiting freely from technological progress and an increasingly interconnected world.

"Energising Africa, Interconnecting Africa, Digitalising Africa and achieving Equitable and Sustainable Use of Water in Africa" will therefore be the prosed pillars for the future Africa-EU infrastructure agenda towards prosperity and well-being for our citizens of Africa and Europe. Spurring of investments in Africa with the European External Investment Plan as major engine for innovative private investment leverage will be the core deliverable of the future Africa-EU cooperation.

The working papers and presentations made during the meeting are available below.


Session 1: Infrastructure Cooperation within a New Policy Context, by AUC and European Commission

Session 2: Scaling up Innovative Infrastructure Financing, by AUC and European Commission 1 and 2

Session 3: Regional Infrastructure as a catalyst for Job Creation

Session 4: European Union’s New Approach on Digitalisation of Development

Session 5: Towards Implementing the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative by AUC and European Commission









  • Interconnecting Africa: policy and smart corridor challenges, by AUC 1, 2, European Commission, SSATP
  • Road Safety Challenges in Africa by AUC and European Commission 1 and 2
  • Enhancing Cooperation in Aviation and Maritime Safety by AUC, EASA, EGNOS and SAATM
  • Responding to Sustainable Urban Development Challenges, by European Commission 1, 2 and AFD/GIZ