The Africa-France Summit to be held on 8 October in Montpellier will be radically different. Without Heads of State and institutions, it will be exclusively devoted to Africa’s and France’s young people, who are every day building the future of France and Africa’s relationship. It aims for its participants to envisage together opportunities and the first tangible actions to renew our relationship. For the first time, hundreds of young businesspeople, artists, researchers, athletes, students and prominent figures from Africa and France will meet together in the same place to achieve this goal.
For a half day, they will discuss ways to forge new ties between our networks, come up with joint projects and build bridges, with a focus on five major themes: citizen engagement, entrepreneurship and innovation, higher education and research, culture and sport. Beforehand, work sessions and meetings will be held, in France and Africa, in order to build genuine collective momentum up until the Summit and beyond.
The different sessions of the Africa France New Summit and the plenary session in the presence of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, will be broadcasted on Friday October 8 in LIVE streaming from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Opening of the streaming platform on Friday, October 8, accessible from sommetafriquefrance.org/en
The New Africa-France Summit, with a new focus on drivers of change (businesspeople, intellectuals, academics, artists, sportspeople, creators, influencers, etc.), aims to challenge and redefine the fundamentals of the relationship between France and Africa by listening to young people, responding to their questions and offering a new forum for dialogue focused on the future.
The Africa-France Dialogues, led by Achille Mbembe, a philosopher, political scientist and historian, and a committee of recognized, independent African figures, bring together all field actors concerned with the future of the relationship between Africa and France.
These meetings, which began in early 2021, are currently ongoing in around 10 African countries.
These events both help analyse the relationship and identify opportunities for the future.
The main proposals will be discussed during an exceptional plenary session with Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and representatives of African young people.
This event, focused on human ties, also aims to bring on board all those who wish to get involved in a broad online consultation, lasting until October. Anyone can contribute to this unprecedented collaborative initiative which will feed into all events at the New Africa-France Summit, via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn) and on the sommetafriquefrance.org website. Citizens, intellectuals, academics and influencers will be involved in a series of #AfricaFranceRemix events preparing the New Africa-France Summit.
The New Africa-France Summit, which will be very open and livestreamed, offers a hybrid format to enable the widest participation possible and to address structural themes for tomorrow.