France Africa Summit
In the context of the local and international challenges facing Africa and France, cities are major focal point. Africa’s urban population is expected to double to reach 1.2 billion inhabitants by 2050. But as things stand, half of the urban areas that will exist in Africa in 2030 have yet to be built. Currently, 100 cities on the continent are already home to over 1 million people. Ten of those have 5 million inhabitants, and 23 million people live in Lagos, the largest city in Africa. The decisions we make now in sustainable urban development must make Africa’s future cities socially inclusive, economically productive, resilient and environmentally friendly. To do so, we must mobilise stakeholders from all sectors: the economy, manufacturing, finance, culture and entertainment, education, health, safety, mobility and urban planning.
In light of this, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, will welcome leaders from all over Africa in Bordeaux as part of the 2020 France-Africa Summit. The Summit aims to develop new long-term partnerships, with the shared ambition of building lasting innovative urban ecosystems that stimulate maximum economic activity for minimal investment, while accelerating the establishment of a structure integrating the economic sectors that form sustainability.