15 September 2010. The ESPI study on European-African Partnership was presented today in Brussels under the auspices of the Belgian EU Council Presidency. The presentation took place in the framework of the High-level Conference “Space for the African Citizen”.
Prepared under the auspices of the Belgian EU Council Presidency and published a few days ago (see related webnews here), ESPI’s study on “European-African Partnership in Satellite Applications for Sustainable Development. A Comprehensive Mapping of European-African Actors and Activities”, authored by Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa, was presented today at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
The presentation took place in the framework of the High-level conference “Space for the African Citizen”, which was convened by the Belgian EU Council Presidency as one focal theme of its term and where the ESPI Report was distributed by the conference convenors to the African and European leaders. The study presentation was intended to inform in advance participants to the conference about the mapping conducted and to provide a useful background information and set of recommendations to the deliberations at the conference. It was attended by around 40 experts from Europe and Africa. Christina Giannopapa introduced the main results of the mapping as well as the recommendations addressed to European and African decision-makers, initiating a discussion on the status and the prospects of European-African cooperation.
ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa presenting the study results, with (from left) Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director, ESPI), Jiri Burianek (Director, EU Council Secretariat) and Makene Faye (UN Economic Commission for Africa)
The presentation was launched with opening remark Makane Faye from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Jiri Burianek (Director in the EU Council Secretariat) both putting the topic into the broader political context and both also appreciating the impact, this study should accomplish. During the question-and-answer session following the presentation by Christina Giannopapa, i.a. the benefit of the study as a catalogue that can be used as a tool for existing and prospective partners and also the usefulness of the study for industry was highlighted. ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl thanked for the confidence put in ESPI by the Belgian EU Council Presidency - in particular through Lionel Poncelet, Attaché to the Belgian High Representation for Space Policy (BHRS) - which also generously provided the printing of the ESPI Report. He also stressed the satisfaction of the Institute with the reception of the recommendation developed in the framework of the study by European as well as African stakeholders.
Audience during the presentation
ESPI's Christina Giannopapa and Kai-Uwe Schrogl with the High Representative for Space Policy of Belgium, Eric Beka
Poster of the Belgian EU Council Presidency conference on Africa with the indication of ESPI as a co-sponsor