ECDPM visit to South Africa, February 2012
On February 20th a delegation of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) visited the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in Pretoria, South Africa. After meeting with Chairperson Sindiso Ngwenya (COMESA Secretary General) and other members of the Board, Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO of FANRPAN, and Dr. Paul G.H. Engel, Director of ECDPM, proceeded to sign the Memorandum of Agreement that launches the collaboration and joint activities between the two organisations on regional integration, agriculture, markets and food security in Africa, with a focus on the CAADP processes.
From February 20-22d, an ECDPM delegation visited the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) in Midrand, South Africa, to map out main areas for collaboration. NPCA CEO Ibrahim A. Mayaki and ECDPM Director Paul G.H. Engel underscored the importance of the African Agenda for Development Effectiveness. They agreed on mobilising ECDPM support in four areas in particular: capacity development; knowledge management and communication; CAADP and regional integration (synergetic implementation of food security, trade and infrastructure initiatives, including ICT); the governance of natural resources in Africa.
On February 23, Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), and Dr. Paul Engel, Director of the ECDPM met in Pretoria to review ongoing cooperation and sign an MoU to further enhance joint work between the two organisations on areas of common interest including the African Peace Facility, the Join Africa-Europe Strategy, domestic resource mobilisation and North Africa.
The week was also an opportunity for the ECDPM delegation to meet and exchanges ideas on key issues and further collaboration with old and new ‘friends’ of ECDPM, such as the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the NEPAD Business Foundation, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the South African National Planning Commission, as well as the EU Delegation and Member States’ embassies in Pretoria.
Picture: NPCA CEO Ibrahim A. Mayaki and ECDPM Director Paul G.H. Engel