AU-EU Relations – Balanced Narratives: A Dialogue on Digitalisation


2:30 pm June 2023
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Type: Hybrid

LocationAddis Ababa


This dialogue on digitalisation, a part of the AU-EU Relations – Balanced Narratives initiative led by the PCNS, ACET, ECDPM and ISS, will seek to help inform both formal and informal dialogue between African stakeholders and the European Union.

It seeks to connect policy makers and experts with practical insights and substantial input co-produced by a core group of African and European policy institutes. The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts from European and African countries to tackle three key questions linked to digital infrastructure and digital single market.

In that framework, the partners (ACET, ECDPM, ISS and PCNS) have produced two background notes that identify key challenges and recommendations targeted at EU and AU officials, the private sector, international development institutions and civil society actors.

This hybrid event will be co-hosted by the EU and the Rwanda missions to the African Union in Addis Ababa and online.




*All indicated times are UTC+3.


16h30 – 17h05

Welcoming remarks


H.E. Ambassador Birgitte Markussen, EU Ambassador to the AU and UNECA

H.E. Amani Abou-Zeid, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy (TBC)

H.E. Robert Opirah, Deputy Rwanda Ambassador to the AU and Ethiopia

17h05 – 17h20

Presentation of key messages on Africa-Europe cooperation on digital infrastructure and digital single market


Melody Musoni, Digital Economy and Governance Policy Officer, ECDPM

17h20 – 18h20

Panel discussion and Q&A



 Rob Floyd, Director, Innovation and Digital Policy, African Center for Economic Transformation



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

18h20 – 18h30


Thomas Huyghebaert, Head of Policy and Cooperation, EU Delegation to the AU

18h30 – 19h30

Cocktail reception