GÉANT has recently been given official recognition by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) of its role in research and education networking. It was invited to use its expertise to help UfM implement its digital economy agenda in the Southern Mediterranean.
GÉANT’s role was confirmed in Barcelona to implement the recommendations of the 2014 UfM Summit of Digital Economy Ministers to accelerate the development of the digital economy for Euro-Mediterranean citizens, consumers and businesses. As well as regulatory and commercial initiatives, the importance of high-speed connectivity for all Southern Mediterranean countries with GÉANT was expressly recognized and this is to be built upon through DEWoG’s activities.
GÉANT is now formally granted the status for research and education promotion activities. This clearly reflects GÉANT’s active support of the development of high-speed networks in the Southern Mediterranean in the context of the EUMEDCONNECT and AfricaConnect2 projects.