Sahel - Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne’s participation in the France-Sahel Decentralized Cooperation Conference (Poitiers, 10-11 October 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part in the first France-Sahel Decentralized Cooperation Conference in Poitiers.

This conference has been organized by the department of Vienne, Cités unies France (United Cities of France) and the umbrella organizations of the local authorities of the five countries invited, with the support of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. It follows the adoption in November 2018 by the National Commission for Decentralized Cooperation (CNCD), under the chairmanship of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, of a roadmap on decentralized cooperation with the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad).

This conference reflects the shared ambition of the government and the local and regional authorities to develop decentralized cooperation in these countries in order to promote community-based efforts, access to basic services and support for local development, in line with the Sahel Alliance principles.

The local and regional authorities of France and the Sahel have launched an innovative approach within the “Sahel Project Group” in order to share their experiences, provide mutual support and promote the pooling of resources and the scaling up of projects. The African partners have formed an Alliance of Local Government Associations of the Five G5 Sahel States.