This morning, Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Laurent Fabius opened the first Franco-African Forum for Shared Growth. He was accompanied by Finance Minister Michel Sapin and Emmanuel Macron, minister for the economy, industry and digital affairs.
This initiative, which originated with the December 2013 Elysée summit, brings together African heads of state and government with ministerial representatives and French and African business leaders. It also marked the launch of the French-African Foundation for Growth by [French-Beninese economist] Lionel Zinzou.
With an average growth rate of 5 percent in recent years, as well as an ongoing digital revolution and innovations in every field, Africa presents numerous possibilities for partnerships and exchanges. The participants underscored two major priorities: youth employment and innovation. Mr. Fabius also evoked the upcoming 2015 Paris Climate Conference and the French Development Agency’s support for African countries to facilitate their transition to low-carbon economic development.