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Contribution of Jean-Louis Guigou

To the 16th Bamako Forum

A unique event in Africa, the Bamako Forum is a high-level reflection forum on the future of the continent. Over the last ten years, it gathered many leading figures and organisations from all backgrounds.

An original African initiative, the Bamako Forum is an annual international symposium, outside conventional and institutional frameworks. The Forum focuses on development issues in Africa. It is a place and time where business managers, political figures, public decision-makers, academics, experts, representatives of the civil society and the media – from Africa and other continents – can discuss and exchange their ideas.

The 16th edition of the Bamako Forum was held from 18th to 20th February 2016 in Mali, under the name “l’Afrique entre Emergence et chaos” [Africa, between chaos and emergence]. The Forum was organised by the Foundation Forum de Bamako. Over 1,200 participants were present for the opening ceremony, and an additional 500 took part to the works, as well as nearly thirty contributors from about fifteen African, European and American countries.

Jean Louis Guigou, President of IPEMED, was invited to take part to this 16th Bamako Forum on the subject “Cap au Sud, Pourquoi et Comment ?” [Going South, Why and How?]. This contribution aimed to present the international foundation La Verticale and the relevance of its creation in collaboration with Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe. This foundation project was well received.

In addition to this intervention, Jean-Louis Guigou also went to Mali in order to meet the President of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. This meeting with the President took place on Saturday 20th February at the Presidential Palace, on the terrace of the Presidential Palace.