6 December 2013

Africa: President Marzouki Takes Part in Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa

Paris — Caretaker President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki is taking part in the two-day Elysée summit for peace and security, whose works opened on Friday, in Africa held on December 6-7 in Paris.

In a joint statement on November 5 with French President François Hollande in the Elysée, Marzouki commended the participation in this summit which he considered as "a very important event which breaks with "former France-Africa" to build something new in the relations between Africa and France that decided to fight together for development and security of the continent.

Announced last May in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, By François Hollande at the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which became the African Union (AU) in 2002, the summit will be axed on the issues of defence and security.

"Security in Africa is an affair of Africans, which does not prevent a country like France or Europe to support it, François Hollande said addressing his African counterparts.

The summit will be devoted to three themes: peace and security in Africa, economic partnership and development and climate change.

Fifty Heads of State and government of the African countries are participating in this summit. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and regional African organisations will also be represented.

On December 6, the issues of defence and security in the continent will be discussed behind closed door during a round table during which participants will discuss threats facing Africa, including terrorism, sea piracy, cyber criminality and borders security, as well as the creation of an African force of security and rapid action.

On December 7, the heads of state and government will focus on economic partnership and development, the aim being to increase the flow of exchanges in both directions (human, financial and enterprise flows...).

The summit will end by a round table on climate issues, prelude to the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change expected in 2015, in France.

France is the first foreign investor in Africa. It counts some 62,000 enterprises and micro-enterprises in the African continent.

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