The New Africa-France Summit, reinventing our relationship together

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The New Africa-France Summit will be held in Montpellier on 8 October 2021.
The aim of this event, with a new format, new actors and new themes to address new challenges is to arrive at a new perspective on the relationship between Africa and France, so as to offer new generations a new framework for reflection and action.

A stocktake of France’s commitments since the Ouagadougou speech

On 28 November 2017, President Macron set out his ambition to renew the relationship between France and Africa through a number of commitments in a speech in Ouagadougou.

Since then, every aspect of the Africa-France relationship has evolved, from the economy to culture, sport and the environment.
This Summit will be an opportunity to take stock of progress on the main priorities:

  • Facilitating access to school and higher education, including by increasing mobility opportunities;
  • Providing support to entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Enabling the forging of a new common consciousness, including by strengthening our remembrance ties;
  • Accompanying Africa on the frontline in the climate transition;
  • Working to renew our development assistance to foster a relationship of partnership.

A platform for the actors of the Africa-France relationship

The New Africa-France Summit will highlight and offer a platform for those who embody our relationship on a daily basis and who help forge a common future for Africa and France, including actors from diasporas, entrepreneurs, and the cultural, artistic and sporting sectors.

Young people will have a key role. They are central to the Ouagadougou commitments as regards education, mobility, governance and economic development, and they are a source of solutions to address the major challenges of today and tomorrow.

By giving these drivers of change a voice, the Summit aims to probe and redefine the fundamentals of the Africa-France relationship. The goal is to respond to the expectations of young people and create a forum for future-focused dialogue.

Africa-France Dialogues

These Dialogues are an opportunity for everyone to contribute to addressing shared challenges. They need to foster the emergence of proposals that will be presented at a plenary session with the President of the French Republic and representatives of African youth.
Led by Achille Mbembe, a philosopher, political scientist and historian, and a committee of recognized, independent African figures, they bring together all local actors concerned with the future of the Africa-France relationship.
Twelve countries have launched this process of dialogue since the beginning of 2021: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. Other countries have joined since.

To involve diasporas and young French people, events are also being organized in France.

The themes discussed include:

  • Gender equality;
  • Official development assistance and its impacts;
  • Democracy and governance;
  • Preservation of biodiversity;
  • New technologies;
  • Employability;
  • Youth mobility.
“Africa Montpellier”, a series of events from June to November 2021
From June to November 2021, a number of events are being organized by local stakeholders with the support of the city and urban community of Montpellier, including:
  • Montpellier Danse festival, with Salia Sanou’s dance company
  • United States of Africa Week at Halle Tropisme;
  • Cosmogonies Exhibition with the Zinsou Foundation at MO.CO;
  • Special events from the Printemps des Comédiens and the Arabesques and Cinemed festivals.
    Through this programme, “Africa Montpellier” highlights the multiple ties between Africa and France.
    View the programme of events on the Africa Montpellier website (in French)

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