France to tackle African economic problems in a Paris meeting

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Paris will on 24 April host a symposium to discuss the pr oblems of the African private sector, official sources told panapress on Tuesday.

The aim is to offer a framework to enterprises, donors, governments and civil society to reflect on their contribution to revitalising and making the private sector in Africa function, a communiqué of the Senate in Paris said.

The meeting, the third of its kind, was initiated in October 2003 by the Association of Graduates of the Higher School for Economics and Commercial Sciences (ESSEC), in partnership with the Senate and the Movement of the Enterprises of France (Medef Afrique), a branch of the organisation of the French Employers’ Association.

Participants will discuss two major themes: private investments in Africa in the context of globalisation and the management of African talents in the new dynamics of development and in the context of Globalisation.

Among the speakers will be Alain Joyandet, the French Secretary of State in charge of cooperation and Francophonie, Ibrahim Mayaki, former Niger’ Prime minister, Laurence Parisot, Medef president, François Traoré, the president of the Association of African Cotton Producers and Basile Boli, the president of ‘Entreprendre et réussir en Afrique (ERA). Panapress.

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