DAKAR, Senegal, November 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 1 and 2 December, the first Francophonie Economic Forum (http://www.forum-economique-francophonie.com) will bring together political and economic decision-makers from the five continents at the Dakar International Conference Centre (DICC) in Senegal, following the 15th Francophonie Summit.
During these two days, the decision-makers will discuss legal and economic measures, investment strategies and projects to transform the Francophonie into a generator of sustained economic growth.
This forum aims to create strong partnerships between international investors and investors from the Francophonie world, in priority production sectors, with an emphasis on projects that will create jobs and promote human development.
The objective is to raise the visibility of the Francophonie States by presenting the assets, potential and investment opportunities of this space, whose 57 member states generate total GDP of 7.2 billion dollars.
The participants will examine the countries’ new projects and economic programs, progress made in reforms and development programs, job-creating entrepreneurial initiatives, etc.
Senegal will share its own experience with its Emerging Senegal plan, which aims to raise the country’s growth rate to 7% by 2017 by diversifying its economy.
“I know I can count on the expertise of our executives, the commitment of our public employees, the contribution of our development partners and the responsiveness of our government,” explains S.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal.
Richard Attias, the forum’s executive producer, adds, “Many economic markets have been created based on a regional approach in recent years, not always with much success, unfortunately. A common culture and language could bring a new dimension to solidarity and effective economic partnership. The aim of this first forum is to present the foundations of this concept. “
Among the speakers expected:
• Jacques Attali, President of PlaNet Finance
• Karim Baina, President of JET4YOU
• Nicolas Baverez, Partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
• Thierry Breton, CEO of ATOS, former French Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry
• Nicolas Bussard, CEO and co-founder of SkilledAfricans.com
• Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, CEO of Africa Consulting and Trading
• Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region
• Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank
• Amina Gerba, President of Afrique Expansion
• Moussa Seck Sow, PANAAC-Pan African Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Consortium
• Moustapha Sow, ICIEC Regional Manager, Africa at Islamic Development Bank
• Karim Sy, Founder of JokkoLabs
• Farid Toubal, Economist, advisor at CEPII, Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
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