DAKAR, Senegal, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - 1 & 2 December, 2014 - Dakar International Conference Centre (CICD), Senegal
The 1st Francophonie Economic Forum will be held on 1 and 2 December, bringing together political and economic decision-makers from all 5 continents at the Dakar International Conference Centre (CICD) in Senegal on the day after the 15th Francophonie Summit.
During two days, the decision-makers will discuss economic and legal measures, investment strategies, and projects which will help transform Francophonie into a generator of sustainable economic growth.
Among the expected speakers are:
- Jacques Attali, President of PlaNet Finance
- Karim Baina, President of JET4YOU
- Nicolas Baverez, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of ATOS, former French Minister for the Economy, Finance, and Industry
- Nicolas Bussard, Chairman and CEO and Co-founder, SkilledAfricans.com
- Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Chairman and CEO of Africa Consulting and Trading
- Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region, World Bank
- Jean-Louis Ekra, President, Afreximbank
- Amina Gerba, President, Afrique Expansion
- Moussa Seck Sow, PANAAC-Pan African Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Consortium
- Moustapha Sow, Manager of IEIC Afrique Islamic Development Bank
- Karim Sy, Founder of JokkoLabs
- Farid Toubal, Economist, advisor to CEPII, Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
This forum aims to set up strong partnerships between investors of the Francophone world and worldwide, in priority productive sectors, favouring projects which will generate jobs and human development.
The goal is to increase the profile of Francophone countries through highlighting the advantages, potential, and investment opportunities in this community, whose 57 members generate a total of 7,200 billion dollars in GDP.
The participants will take stock of new economic projects and programmes in the countries, the status of development reforms and programmes, and job-generating entrepreneurial initiatives, etc.
Senegal will share its own experience in the framework of its Emerging Senegal plan which aims to raise the country's growth rate to 7% by 2017 through diversifying its economy.
"I know I can count on the expertise of our executives, on the commitment of our public employees, on the contribution of our development partners, and on our government's promptness to act," noted His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal.
Richard Attias, the forum's executive producer, added: "Many economic markets have been created during the past few years which have a regional approach and unfortunately not always with much success. A common language and culture can bring a whole new dimension to an effective solidarity and partnership. The goal of this first forum is to set out the basic principles of this concept."
SOURCE: Forum économique de la Francophonie