It's impossible for me to sum up Africa in only one word. But if I could use two, I'd say hugeness and diversity. One number?
It's about 600 million people who didn't have access to electricity, it's enormous! A dream for Africa?
It's very simple, it would be for all Africans to live from their farming. A story? An anecdote?
I have a memory from when I was 6 years-old and we were watching the Michael Jackson clip. But the television were turned toward the street because there was one TV for about 50 children, it wasn't so bad back then. And I remember it as something very moving and exceptional. A proposal
Well, I don't know, I'm not in politics but I think the most important thing for today's and tomorrow's generations is education. It would be for education to be accessible to all, or even mandatory as it is in France because, in the end, it's what counts. Africa by night...
I can't help but to find kind of pretty the fact that there's a part of Africa with no electricity. What it means is that many people don't have access to electricity and to everything it allows to do. I find this striking. Energies for Africa
It's a very good initiative, it goes in the right direction and I hope it will grow smart with African State leaders, for instance. My commitment:
I'd say this project seems important to me and, as I said before, everything impacting education is what is truly important.
To me, Africa in one word is the largest population in the world. One number?
Africa in one number is 1 billion inhabitants and 2 billion in 35 years. The world's largest wealth, because a country's most important wealth is its population, a very young population. A dream for Africa?
To eradicate killing deseases: aids, malaria, and we probably aren't far from achieving it. And my other dream, this time as a Schneider Electric leader, is to bring energy to 600 million people who have no access to electricity throughout the continent. It's half of the population in the world with no access to electricity. A story? An anecdote?
Africa is one year of my life, it's the place where my first child was born, and so it's a beautiful family story and the discovery of a continent with them. Africa by night... A proposal?
When I see the picture of Africa by night, this continent - which could hold India, China, Northern America, and Europe - has so little light at night. I think a company like mine and Schneider's associates have a mission to accomplish for this continent. Because lighting up so many lights in Africa means giving the chance to the young population to develop and to build new companies, to create new projects, and to create new things. Energies for Africa
Jean-Louis Borloo's initiative - which consists in bringing energy to Africa - is absolutely essential. We believe, I believe that a human being's first basic right on Earth is to have a certain and reliable access to energy. Because energy is the basis of development, the basis of education, and so doing this means giving Africa the tools to develop. My commitment:
Schneider's commitment is to bring electricity to 15 million families in the next 3 years and therefore training 1 million inhabitants, youngsters, and people with the ambition to become an electrician.
We support this generous initiative. We should have been able to carry and nurture this project. But since we weren't able to do so, Jean-Louis Borloo stood out. As State leaders we now should continue to promote this project to other State leaders, to the ECOWAS, and to the African Parliament.