Official launch of the first think tank dedicated to African public debts: A new ROAD – A new Round-Table On African Debts

Created on the initiative of Nicolas Jean, partner and member of the executive committee of the law firm Gide, and of the independent consultancy firm for the States Global Sovereign Advisory (GSA), A new ROAD is the first think tank dedicated to public debt African. The think tank is made up of members, of different nationalities, generations and industries, with rich and multiple backgrounds, all united in the service of two common objectives: to change the paradigm concerning the questions of financing of the economies of the continent and to propose a framework reflection on the treatment and structuring of debts.

Faced with the Covid-19 crisis and its health and economic consequences, A new ROAD has been built around a strong conviction, that of respecting and strengthening the sovereignty of African states.

The think tank has thus structured itself as a non-profit and apolitical entity, whose members share the certainty that innovative solutions will emerge from collective and plural reflection. They have chosen to come together to design concrete proposals working on access to financing for African economies on fair and appropriate conditions in the service of the transformation of economies, industrialization and the financing of value-creating investments.

The official launch of this initiative will take place on April 21, 2021 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, during a press conference (broadcast online) to present the A New ROAD think tank and its founding members. One of the first events of the think tank will be the summit on the financing of African economies which is to take place on May 18 in Paris, and will be the opportunity to discuss with the actors invited to this summit in order to initiate the dynamic of co-construction targeted by A new ROAD.

A new ROAD is made up of the following personalities:

Mr. Siandou Fofana, Minister of Tourism and Recreation of the Ivory Coast
Mrs. Sandra Ablamba Johnson, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Togolese Republic
Mr. Romuald Wadagni, Minister of Economy and Finance of Benin
Mr. Kako Nubukpo, former Minister of Prospective and Evaluation of Public Policies of Togo, Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management (FASEG) at the University of Lomé, Economic Advisor to the President of the Commission of UEMOA
Madame Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Former Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research in France and Director of One France
Mr. Hubert Védrine, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary General of the French Presidency, Managing Partner of “Hubert Védrine Conseil”
Mr. Hamet Aguemon, Partner at Southbridge
Ms. Roselyne Chambrier, Managing Director of Arise Ivoire
Mr. Félix Edoh Kossi Amenounve, Director General of BRVM and President of ASEA (Association of African Stock Exchanges)
Mr. Jean-Marc Brou, Advisor to the Ivorian Prime Minister in charge of financial matters, debt monitoring and financial risks
Mr. Omar Cissé, Chairman and CEO of InTouch
Mr. Sidi-Mohamed Dhaker, Director of the Governor’s Cabinet and Director of Communication at the Central Bank of Mauritania
Mr. Youssouf Fadiga, Managing Director of the National Investment Bank of Côte d’Ivoire (BNI)
Madame Tariye Gbadegesin, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at ARM Harith Infrastructure Investment Limited
Ms. Ghislane Guédira, Director in charge of mission to the CEO of OCP
Mr. Olivier Granet, Managing Partner and Managing Director of Kasada Capital Management
Mr. Nicolas Jean, Partner at Gide
Mr. Adama Kamara, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire
Madame Anne-Laure Kiechel, Founder of Global Sovereign Advisory
Mr. Pedro Novo, Executive Director in charge of Bpifrance Export
Mr. Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Center
Mr. Wilfrid Lauriano do Rego, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of KPMG France and Coordinator of the Presidential Council for Africa
Mr. Laurent Thorrance, Manager of Axelcium
Mr. Stanislas Zeze, Chairman and CEO of Bloomfield Investment Corporation
For Gide, Nicolas Jean was accompanied by his team made up of Constance Emié, Perrine Delandre and Célia Alao.

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