• Africa Time For A New Deal believes in inclusive solutions

Africa Time For A New Deal believes in inclusive solutions

Training, financing, the role of the states and the private sector, social entrepreneurship … All themes addressed in the framework of the Africa Time For a New Deal (ATND) forum, which deals , among other things, with the issue of business development. An initiative which was held, for the second edition, on September 20th  in the Peninsula, in Paris, carried by Club 2030 Africa, a think tank that aims precisely at bringing African solutions to the problems of the continent. Inclusive solutions according to the watchword of the day.


Accompanying the private sector in Africa is creating jobs, enhancing the added value and therefore inclusive growth. But for this, companies need a cleaned business environment, access to  finance , and have the right workforce … It is in fine an entire ecosystem to be put in place. That what The participants in the round table held on September 20th  at the Peninsula in Paris, in the second edition of the Africa Time For a New Deal (ATND), summed up by their mere presence and activity with the theme of : “Business development, what new financing models? ”

Create virtuous ecosystems 

For Didier Acouetey, president of the recruitment firm of Africsearch, the key question remains training. “The informal sector is the one that absorbs the most labor. Today find a good carpenter or an electrician is the cross and the banner. Because training is not provided in the technical courses. “Taking as an example Rwanda, which has set up a platform that brings together the mechanical trades and allows artisans to benefit from technical and material support, bringing together the stakeholders concerned, the State, the private sector, with a access to the market through the establishment of CFAO, which had the consequence of bringing banks. “There we begin to create wealth. The State, the private sector and the actors are partners. Virtuous ecosystems, ecosystems to be encouraged that include employment, training, investment, etc.” Enabling small businesses, which still represent the largest private sector in Africa, to gain weight and get out of the informal economy.

Going towards “integrated solutions” is what Sébastien Couasnet, CEO of Eléphant Vert, advocates. “In Senegal, for example, we have set up a cereal bank. We found a fund of 10000 euro to create a bank of cereals. No one understood the interest. We bought the cereals at a price that we negotiated with the farmers and we resold them, with a profit of 75,000 euro. This has resulted in a real social impact in terms of income.” Especially since the profits were reinvested in a mutual. “The problem, he adds, is not about “not financing”  the peasants, but it is necessary to set up a chain that runs with a buyer in the end and financing for the initial bet. That is what we are doing. ”

“I think that the model of start-ups, the creation of one’s individual projects, is not already the model for France but also less for Africa, I believe more in inclusive solutions. “

In response to a question on social entrepreneurship, Francois Jay, founding president of Ebano France, will give the final word, even if it goes against the current trend: “All solutions are collective solutions. Social entrepreneurship has the characteristic that it is less solitary. All the experiments show that we need to be integrated. I think that the model of start-ups, one’s individual projects, is not already the model for France but still less for Africa, I believe more to inclusive solutions. ”

The watchword again of the day. More widely of this forum which positions itself as the annual meeting of African decision makers in Paris. But with a concept that distinguishes it: carried by the think tank Club 2030 Africa, whose members, multisectorial experts who provide the governments of the continent with a very technical accompaniment, aims to bring African answers to the problems of Africa. More than a postulate, an imperative for its initiator, Khaled Igue. “Africa has all the elements to be the continent from which a new utopia will emerge. “On the condition that innovations in the answers to the challenges of Africa, are original in terms of  in demography, urbanism, environmental issues ….”. The African continent will realize the unthinkable. The only future we can predict is what we are going to achieve”. And in view of the affluence encountered by this second edition, more than 300, it is clear that many of them want to contribute to “writing” this Africa of tomorrow.

By Dounia Ben Mohammed

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