PRESS RELEASE - New Africa-France Summit to kick off with its focus on the youth
On Friday, 8 October 2021, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, Aurélien Lechevallier will attend the Africa-France Summit in Montpellier, along with 27 South African participants.
Held in an entirely new format without Heads of State, the Summit will be devoted to the young people of Africa and France who are dedicated to renewing our relationship. For the first time, hundreds of businesspeople, artists, researchers, athletes and students will meet in the same place to achieve this goal.
In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron set out his ambition to renew the relationship between France and Africa through a number of commitments in a speech in Ouagadougou. This Summit will be an opportunity to take stock of progress on the main priorities including education, mobility, governance and economic development.
Plenary session discussions will take place in the afternoon of 8 October between President Macron and, a group of young African and French talents. Prof. Achille Mbembe, from Wits University, will present his report on the results of the Africa France Dialogues, a process of discussion organised since the beginning of 2021 across the African continent.
“We are excited to join this radically different Summit that will give a voice to those on the ground, the people who embody the relationship between Africa and France on a daily basis. We are also delighted that such a significant and diverse delegation from South Africa can be part of this moment in history,” said Ambassador Lechevallier.
This event will be open and livestreamed, with a hybrid format aimed at the widest participation possible and to address structural themes for tomorrow.
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