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Ifri Paris
from 09:30 to 16:15
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Deepening the Franco-Japanese Cooperation in Africa: the Economic and Security Dimensions

It is now clear that some African countries are on their way to achieve a dynamic economic growth that will uphold the overall development of the continent. At the same time, they are still struggling with the lack of economic and social infrastructure, governance issues and a complex and risky security environment. In this context, both Japan and the European countries, especially France, are making efforts to increase not only their development assistance, but also private investments and security cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Two important players in the African continent, Japan and the European countries are also looking to enhance their bilateral cooperation on the field.

The morning conference is open to the public, upon registration.
The access to afternoon seminar is by invitation only.


Morning Session – Public conference on the economic cooperation in Africa

9:30 -Welcoming remarks

Dominique DAVID, Advisor to the Executive Chairman, Ifri

9:45-12:00: Opportunities and challenges for the Japan-France economic cooperation in Africa

Chair: Françoise NICOLAS, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

  • Japan’s development cooperation in Africa: new trends and prospects for cooperation with France

Megumi MUTO, Chief Representative, JICA France

  • French development cooperation in Africa and cooperation with Japan: main features

Laurent AMAR, Vice-Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, AFD (French Development Agency)

  • Japanese business reinvesting Africa: what’s ahead?

Keiichi SHIRATO, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute

  • French business in Africa: characteristics and new frontiers

Etienne GIROS, Executive Chairman of CIAN (French Corporate Council in Africa)

Q/A session

12:00-12:20 – Wrap-Up remarks

Thierry MOULONGUET, on behalf of Louis SCHWEITZER, Special representative for the French-Japanese partnership

Lunch break (by invitation only)

Afternoon Session – Closed-door conference on the security cooperation in Africa (by invitation only)

14:00-16:00: Exploring the opportunities for a Japan-France security cooperation in Africa

Chair: Alain ANTIL, Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Program, Ifri

  • Fostering security in Africa: what at stake? The Japanese approach

Yoshifumi OKAMURA, Ambassador in charge of TICAD, the UN Security Council Reforms and Human Rights

  • France's capacity-building activities in Africa and prospects for cooperation with Japan

Pascale TRIMBACH-ROGNON, Direction of the Security and Defense Cooperation (DCSD), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • The 2015 France-Japan Plan for Africa: Progresses, challenges and way ahead for the security cooperation

Céline PAJON, Research Fellow, Center for Asian studies, Ifri

  • Lessons learned from the experience in South Sudan for future security contributions

Tomonori YOSHIZAKI, Professor and Director, Policy Simulation, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

Q/A session

16:00-16:15: Final Conclusion


Ifri, 27 rue de la Procession 75015 PARIS

The morning conference is open to the public, upon registration.
The access to afternoon seminar is by invitation only.


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For further information on the event, please contact Céline Pajon : pajon@ifri.org

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