Ambassador Barbier bestowes National Order fo Merit on Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
On Tuesday 23 July, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, Ms Elisabeth Barbier, bestowed the National Order of Merit in agriculture to Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the CEO of NEPAD. Dr Mayaki joined the renowned family of ‘Commandeurs of the National Order of Agricultural Merit’ of France, issued by the French Ministry of Agriculture to a little more than 5 000 people since its creation in 1883. In her speech, Ambassador Barbier paid tribute to Dr Mayaki’s long-standing commitment to rural development in Africa and his leadership at the head of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency which has become a key player on development issues on the continent. France is proud to be a long term partner of NEPAD on various fields, including innovation, ressources governance and agriculture, providing funding and technical assistance.