Offbeat What role for the diaspora in the new Africa-France relationship?

04:45  12 october  2021
04:45  12 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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They are French, binational and dynamic. They move Africa, and may also be the political lines. The diaspora, featured at the last Africa-France summit, is at the heart of the Paris strategy to reinvent its link with the continent.

Play the role of ambassador on the continent? No problem for Matina Razafimahefa. This co-founder of the first Digital School in Madagascar was one of the 3,000 guests at the Africa-France summit which took place in Montpellier . She believes that the diaspora can relay between Paris and the continent. "She can develop her country of origin while staying in France," says the young Franco-Malagasy. "When it comes back to the country, the diaspora can show how it happens in Europe and help achieve international standards. All this transfer of skills seems important to me.

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The President Emmanuel Macron reiterated him in Montpellier: The diaspora "make live" this new relationship between France and Africa and are "totally French", he insisted. Some people saw the speech of a president at the beginning of the campaign. "There are some diasporas that are skeptical, they have the impression of having fallen into a trap," says Roland Portella, President of the Economic Club Coordination for Africa's Africa (CADE). "We need these diasporas," he adds, to make politics, to make a semblance of productive investment, but in the end, where there are truly growth pockets, pockets of wealth. These diasporas are not there.

Even observation at Dogad Dogoui, President of the SME Accompanying Platform, Africa SMB Forum, which requires greater recognition. "The African diaspora in France, she is French, he says, so she plays the interests of her country. On the other hand, she has African origins, so she wants to have a balanced approach. It can not be only in the words, it must be visible in the structuring, in the nominations.

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Take the first place

at the end of the summit Friday, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a home of African worlds and diasporas in the heart of Paris. He also recognized the need for more people from the diasporas in the administration.

Dogad Dogoui asks also acts. "Implicate the diaspora when you go for markets in Africa. Implicate the diaspora in discussions with French interests and African interests, it must be entirely in the game and that it is not on the strapontins, "said Franco-Ivorian. And adding: "It means she has first place because they are those who will be able to handle, open the doors for the French economy of tomorrow.

brakes still need to have the means. "If these diasporas do not have a vehicle for themselves or investment infrastructures, what can they do? Bearing Roland Portella de la Cade. The officer pointed out that the diasporas of Francophone countries are not yet successful socially and technically when they head to their country of origin. "In English-speaking African countries," he explains, "it moves a lot more. There are very high level entrepreneurs and qualified demand, whether Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya or Tanzania.

To support entrepreneurship, France has unveiled a fund of € 10 million to help innovative African digital sector companies. "We see that there is a will to evolve things," recognizes Matina Razafimahefa, who appreciated the exchanges between African and French companies. "Afterwards, it is necessary to succeed and we must push the collaboration further," concludes the co-founder of Sayna.

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