Approach and commitments

The 2020 Africa-France Summit for sustainable cities and regions


The 28th Africa-France Summit, with a new format, will be an important event for politics, the economy, sports and culture.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced that its central theme would be sustainable cities and regions. The cities of the future should not only offer essential infrastructure and services for residents; they should also be safe, fit to live in and appealing, particularly for young people.

For its 28th edition, the 2020 Africa-France Summit will for the first time bring political and economic stakeholders and the public together to address the major challenges of the years to come.

Stéphanie Rivoal

The issues of transport infrastructure, waste processing, environmentally friendly agriculture and access to healthcare, education, culture and sport will all be addressed.

Taking place in Bordeaux, this Summit will stand out both due to its new format and the high number of visitors. From 4 to 6 June 2020, Emmanuel Macron will welcome leaders from all over Africa, along with their ministerial delegations and mayors, local authorities, businesses and civil society organizations from France and Africa. It will also kick off Africa 2020, the Season of African Cultures in France, which will run from June to December.

A unique gathering of stakeholders with an interest in cities and regions

The 2020 Africa-France Summit is an opportunity to bring together stakeholders from institutions (French and African Heads of State and Government), the public sector (relevant ministries, mayors, governors and heads of regional councils, government agencies, international and regional organizations) and financial institutions (banks, insurance firms, investment funds, foundations and multilateral, regional and bilateral funds), private companies (start-ups, SMEs and major groups) and stakeholders from civil society (non-profit organizations for young people, women and disadvantaged neighbourhoods, NGOs, unions, federations, cooperatives and professional associations).

As Secretary-General of the 2020 Africa-France Summit, Ambassador Stéphanie Rivoal aims to celebrate the tangible action carried out by African and French stakeholders in their cities and regions. As Africa’s economy and population grow, the issues that arise as a result of urbanization — which should be sustainable — are becoming increasingly urgent.