Africa-Europe D4D Hub Multi-Stakeholder Forum
Thursday 10 February 2022, 10:00 – 17:00 (CET)
Africa and Europe are important partners in the digital sector and share the ambition of leveraging digitalisation for inclusive and sustainable development. With the aim of advancing the partnership between African and European digital actors, the AU-EU Digital for Development (D4D) Hub project is facilitating the first Africa-Europe D4D Hub Multi-Stakeholder Forum.
Co-hosted by the African Union and the European Union, the event will take place online on 10 February 2022 from 10:00 to 17:00 Central European Time (CET).
The forum's objective is to make sure that all stakeholders (private sector, governments, academia, and civil society) contribute to joint AU-EU efforts to build an inclusive digital economy and society that leaves no one behind. It will also be an opportunity for the African Union Commission and the European Commission to give an update on the status of the implementation of digital initiatives and programmes.
Call for statements
Listening to you as a citizen, activist, or civil society representative and showcasing your experience is one of our event’s priorities.
Send us a written statement addressed to African and European D4D actors explaining your vision for our shared digital future. Let us know what you think:
- Are you an entrepreneur in Africa or Europe? How have digital technologies helped your business succeed?
- Are data protection and privacy important to you? What should governments do to protect your rights in the digital age?
- Why is the internet is important to you? How can Africa and Europe work together to bring the internet to everyone?
… or share any other thoughts you may have about our digital future!
Digital at the heart of AU-EU relations
The Africa-Europe D4D Hub Multi-Stakeholder Forum is taking place in the lead-up to the Africa-Europe Week, to be held on 14-18 February 2022, which will feature a rich series of hybrid and online events with civil society, youth and other key actors of Africa-Europe relations. The EU-Africa Business Forum and the EU-AU Summit will also take place during this week.
Digital cooperation will take a central role in the agenda of these events, in line with the Global Gateway, the new EU strategy to boost sustainable and trusted connections with the world, as well as the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa.
With the right policies, norms and standards in place, the data economy has the potential to generate life-changing innovations, create high quality jobs and economic growth, improve the efficiency of public services, and increase transparency and accountability of governments.
At the Africa-Europe D4D Hub Multi-Stakeholder Forum, we will explore how AU-EU cooperation could help create an environment where data is widely used in favour of society as a whole, innovation is supported, data protection, privacy, and data sovereignty are protected, and democratic rules are enforced.
Digital entrepreneurship brings about new ways of designing and offering products and services in emerging markets. By transforming existing business models, internet-enabled companies can reach a large number of customers in less time, increasing productivity and efficiency. The sector can also contribute to growth, job creation, and economic diversification and resilience.
Join the Africa-Europe D4D Hub Multi-Stakeholder Forum to discuss how African and European stakeholders can support digital entrepreneurship (particularly amongst women and youth), strengthen local digital innovation ecosystems, and create intercontinental innovation bridges.
Connectivity is the underpinning foundation of digital economies and societies, yet many countries in Africa remain severely underserved by international bandwidth.
During the event we will look into the investments in physical infrastructure, as well as the standards, protocols, regulations, and policies that are needed to boost universal internet access in Africa. We will particularly focus on the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve inclusive and sustainable connectivity.
We are still gathering stakeholder inputs to build the agenda. Please get in touch with our team if you would like to propose another topic or organise a side session.
The detailed programme of the event will be published shortly
In the meanwhile, please join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #D4DHubForum.
Don't hesitate to contact us for any queries.