EU/South Africa Summit with the participation of Andris Piebalgs

Type: Report   Reference: I-074553   Duration: 10:02:40  Lieu:
End production: 18/09/2012   First transmission: 18/09/2012
On 18 September 2012, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, gave closing speeches of the Innovation for Poverty Alleviation conference, held at the Sheraton hotel in Brussels. The event celebrated the role of partnership in science and technology between South Africa and the European Union as instrument for development and growth aside to the 2012 South Africa/European Union Summit. The conference included presentations of success stories implemented under the EU’s Sector Budget Support programme, for example related to support for innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) platforms to bring connectivity to remote rural areas, and technology transfer partnerships, including with industry, to foster the creation of sustainable community owned enterprises in poverty-stricken areas. The discussion focussed on how science and technology’s potential to contribute to poverty alleviation could best be leveraged under the South Africa/EU Strategic Partnership, as well as under the broader Joint Africa/EU Strategy.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Sheraton hotel in Brussels with the South African flag (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:00:18 "Innovation for poverty alleviation" conference banner (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:00:28 General view of the audience 00:00:05
10:00:34 Sounbite by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, (in ENGLISH): It is the first program designed to demonstrate and facilitate complementarities between research and development instruments. I must also underline that the experimental nature of our joint innovation for poverty alleviation programme fits well with our overall value added approach to development cooperation with South Africa. The approach allows the South African government to implement innovative, creative and ground-breaking activities to address systemic challenges. 00:00:33
10:01:08 Cutaways of the audience (2 shots) 00:00:08
10:01:16 Sounbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): African ginger being one of the most popular indigenous medicinal plants in southern Africa. The range and scope of these projects is impressive and I am delighted that many have been delivering positive results. Indeed, given the programme's success it is little wonder that similar programmes are being considered in other countries. Key lessons from our joint programme with South Africa are guiding our work in this regard. 00:00:32
10:01:49 Cutaways of the audience (2 shots) 00:00:08
10:01:57 Soundbite by Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, (in ENGLISH): These are not challenges that are unique to South Africa. Poverty and unemployment are found in developing and developed countries, albeit in varying degrees. I am confident that this conference on Innovation for Poverty Alleviation has provided a valuable platform for mutual learning and an opportunity to strengthen the valuable partnership between both South Africa and the EU. 00:00:42
10:02:40 General view of the conference room 00:00:04
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