2. Six African partners to build a partnership of equals with this continent of the future
To address global inequality, the French G7 Presidency wanted to forge an equal partnership with Africa.
“It is not only on this continent that we will collectively win or lose our huge battle against inequality. It is with this continent.”
(The French President at the United Nations General Assembly - New York, 25 September 2018).
In addition to South Africa, four countries playing a leading role on the continent and which are players in multilateral cooperation, committed to preserving biodiversity and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, were also invited to the Biarritz Summit and to several preparatory meetings:
Burkina Faso and its President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, chairing the G5 Sahel in 2019;
Egypt and its Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, chairing the African Union;
Senegal and its President Macky Sall, chairing the Heads of State or Government Orientation Committee of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD, the African Union development agency);
Rwanda and its President Paul Kagame, who chaired the African Union in 2018.
Moussa Faki, in his capacity as Chair of the African Union Commission, was also invited to the Summit.
Together, we want to find effective tools to ensure sustainable economic development in Africa, fostering the creation of jobs for young people and women’s entrepreneurship. Access to education and health, which are essential conditions to combat inequality of opportunity, digital inclusion, and access to finance for economic actors are central to our discussions with our African partners, focusing in particular on the Sahel region, where these multiple challenges are acute.