For each session, the aim is to build new networks between civil society players from Africa and France to lead the new, long-term and tangible Africa-France relationship.
Sovereignty, freedom of expression, citizenship, mobility and democracy will be the main topics addressed during Africa-France Dialogues. They illustrate the demands of the younger generations and expectations vis-à-vis France. They also reflect on misunderstandings and hindrances to the creation of new forms of relationship. Innovative experiences, in particular at the level of local regions, the experiences of joint construction, citizen movements, diasporas in France and new networks and think tanks are drivers of change.
Drawing on the initiatives of support to the African private sector and to entrepreneurship since the Ouagadougou speech, and on the sharing of inspiring experiences, nearly 500 African businesspeople in the fields of digital technology, agriculture, cultural and creative industries and sport will exchange with their French counterparts, especially those from the diasporas, to imagine the tools to facilitate the economic networks tomorrow, fostering the design and execution of innovative investment projects.
Feeding, Providing care, Protecting African and French researchers, students, associations and businesspeople will share the challenges of rebuilding academic relationships, partnerships in research and the dissemination of innovation, student mobility and implementation of common projects (such as the Great Green Wall, human and animal health, agroecology, etc.) to build together an unprecedented continuum across teaching, research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Artists, curators, designers and cultural entrepreneurs will address the challenges related to the return of cultural property, African youth’s access to their own cultural heritage and museum cooperation, as well as discussions on contemporary creativity and support to African cultural and creative industries.
Four years after the Ouagadougou speech, during which President Macron indicated that he wanted to make sport “a driver for youth and economic and social development in Africa”, the New Summit will bring together the main actors in this sector. In liaison with the city of Montpellier and prominent figures in the world of African sport and the diaspora, there will be a focus on team sports, urban sport and e-sport.
In the afternoon of 8 October, President Macron will speak in person and directly with representatives of Africa’s and France’s young people, including from diasporas. Four years after President Macron’s speech to the students of the University of Ouagadougou, it will provide the opportunity to listen to what young people themselves expect from the Africa-France relationship and define together the new fundamentals of this partnership.
This public discussion will be prepared beforehand in a series of dialogues coordinated by the Cameroonian academic Achille Mbembé, along with a committee of thirteen prominent figures from Africa and diasporas. Bringing together more than 5,000 young people, these dialogues have enabled them to address together the main issues of the relationship. Those that still pose challenges and need to be formulated, analysed and overcome, and those that have already generated strong shared expectations and proposals for actions.
This meeting at the “summit” of Africa’s and France’s young people therefore is the desire to reinvent the Africa-France Summit together through those who keep it alive on a daily basis. And it is the conviction that these life experiences and these human stories are what make our relationship so singular.
The plenary session on 8 October at the Arena de Montpellier, will take place in two formats:
as keynote speakers to share their individual stories in Africa or France, or both.
This plenary session could be concluded with a musical tribute to this relationship.