Revitalizing the Partnership between France and the African Continent

The creation of a Presidential Council for Africa is in line with Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promises regarding a revitalization of the partnership between France and the African continent.

This means giving a new face to the relationship between Africa and France by including a balanced number of prominent members from France and Africa from civil society. Responsible for providing fresh views on President Macron’s policy on Africa, the council will be made up of some ten prominent figures from civil society. These people were chosen for their investment in the relationship between Africa and France in such areas as entrepreneurship, health, sport and culture. French-speaking, but not necessarily from an African Francophone country, what sets them apart is their action to further the development of the African continent and their commitment to working to develop a partnership of shared opportunities for France and Africa.

From very different backgrounds, the council members are appointed to share their knowledge about issues Africa is facing today with President Macron and to provide a different vision of our country’s relationship with the African continent. The form of the council is innovative, revitalizing the traditional governance of France’s policy on Africa, as is its substance, providing a new component focused on the future and expectations of young African and French people.

Council Missions

Provide President Macron with information about issues regarding the relationship between France and African which could assist him in developing his policy on Africa;

Draft concrete proposals for action in sectors crucial to the future of the relationship between France and Africa such as entrepreneurship, sustainable development and education;

Share with President Macron how Africans themselves, especially younger generations, see France and its policy on Africa;

Develop a connection with African civil society in order to address their concerns more effectively.

The council will be a tool for collaboration and providing assistance in policymaking and will report directly to President Macron and his staff.

Council Members

Jean-Marc Adjovi-Boco, French-Beninese, 54 years old, former athlete and entrepreneur.
Jules-Armand Aniambossou, French-Beninese, 55 years old, General Manager, Africa and Overseas, the Duval Group.
Diane Binder, French, 37 years old, Vice-President of International Development, Suez.
Yves-Justice Djimi, French, 36 years old, attorney at law.
Liz Gomis, French, 36 years old, journalist and director.
Jeremy Hajdenberg, French, 43 years old, Chief Investment Officer at Investisseurs et Partenaires (I&P)
Yvonne Mburu, Kenyan, 35 years old, scientist and healthcare consultant.
Vanessa Moungar, French-Chadian, 33 years old, Director of Gender, Women and Civil Society at the African Development Bank.
Nomaza Nongqunga Coupez, South African, 36 years old, cultural entrepreneur.
Karim Sy, French-Lebanese-Malian, 49 years old, entrepreneur in the digital sector.
Sarah Toumi, French-Tunisian, 30 years old, entrepreneur.

Functioning and Governance

The Presidential Council for Africa presided by President Emmanuel Macron will meet approximately once every three months so that regular discussions can be held with him as needed depending on the timeframes of his policy for Africa.

The council will also meet and hold discussions with prominent figures such as experts, activists, members of diasporas) so that it can draft concrete proposals to submit to President Macron.

The council will have a permanent bureau in the offices of the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) where meetings can be held and secretariat duties can be conducted.

The council members will not be financially compensated for their work.

Important Upcoming Events

29 August: Launch of the Council at the Ambassadors’ Conference
September: First meeting of the Council presided by President Macron
Autumn: Participation in the preparation of President’s visits to Africa.

published on 12/09/2017

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