The DOC Research Institute partnered with the Centre for Strategic & Prospective Studies (Centre d’Etude et de Prospective Stratégique – CEPS) to contribute to the organisation of an international conference titled ‘Africa: What are the priorities and what means are available to build an economic, social, sustainable, responsible, and shared dynamic?’, which took place at the International Organization of La Francophonie in Paris on 6 December 2018.
The CEPS is an independent international organisation at the crossroads of think-tanks, networks of influence, and NGOs. It brings together more than 1,200 decision-makers for debates which aim to identify, analyse, and put into perspective the technological, economic, and financial factors shaping the contemporary world in order to enable companies, institutions, and states to position themselves in the global environment.
This one-day conference was an occasion for reflection and exchange on the future of the African continent, bringing together more than 30 experts from varying backgrounds and representing around 15 different nations. The speakers included: Adama Ouane, Administrator of the International Organization of La Francophonie; Moussa Mara, former Prime Minister of Mali; Lansana Kouyate, former Prime Minister of Guinea; ministers, diplomats, international organisations, private sector representatives, and other experts. The DOC Research Institute’s CEO, Jean-Christophe Bas, moderated a roundtable aimed at establishing an inventory of the economic, social, and political situation in Africa.
Adama Ouane, Administrator of the International Organization of La Francophonie said that “Africa is the epicentre of our space: 58 percent of everyday French speakers are on the African continent. This conference allows us to feed IOF strategic reflection on how to tackle some of the Africa’s persistent problems”.
Loïc Tribot La Spière, General Director of the CEPS commented that “Among the messages we wanted to convey is that it’s urgent to mobilise the talents of Africa. Beyond the interests of the continent itself, Europe alone won’t otherwise be able to take on the challenges of tomorrow”.
Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO of the DOC Research Institute reflected, “This conference offered the participants the opportunity to tackle ambitious topics and provided a space for dialogue for civil society, a real interface to mobilise major international organisations. Everyone agrees today that Africa is a continent of the future, and it’s in everybody’s interests that it will not only remain so”.
The African continent has recently been one of the areas of special interest for the DOC. In October, a Summit on Africa was one of the focal events of the 16th Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum, gathering high-level African and international participants, among whom were the Prime Minister of Guinea Ibrahima Kassory Fofana. In June, a two-day international conference on Africa-Europe relationships featuring distinguished experts from three continents was held at the LUISS School of Government in Rome.
The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute is a think tank that researches and develops proposals that address the key challenges faced by the international community. The DOC mission is to find new ideas and re-adjust existing policies to guide policymakers and corporations in tackling the challenges of globalisation, in order to make our world a more sustainable, inclusive, and fairer place for the whole of humanity.
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