On December 18, 2018 at the invitation of the Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, and the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe was held in Vienna to discuss “Taking cooperation to the digital age”. More than fifty official delegations from member states of the African Union and the European Union took part in the Forum along with almost a thousand innovators and start‑ups from Africa and Europe, as well as established companies.
Following the discussions at the High-Level Forum, the Chairs:
- agreed to further promote innovation and digitalisation as important enablers of our future development, so that everyone can benefit from the ongoing digital transformation;
- agreed to harness any untapped potential for deepening the African‑European partnership in technology exchange and trade, while emphasising the key role of the public and private sectors in building new partnerships;
- recognised the importance of innovation and digitalisation for economic growth, creating employment opportunities, building resilient societies and fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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