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.
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.
What surprised me in a positive way were the 67 female Rwandan deputies. Probably one of the consequences of the drama the country witnessed not so long ago.
One dream for Africa
To continue on the dynamic of women, my dream probably is to widen education, the potential absolute weapon we need to develop very very soon. We are realizing that when education fails somewhere, a gap opens.
A story? An anecdote?
Some friends put me in charge of filming a private but very wealthy wedding of a rich industrial's daughter in Benin. It still was a time of marxism-leninism in Benin, so the spirit was stupefying. I remember it was an unbelievable wedding.
It probably already exists, but for European countries to ally and to create very strong partnerships with African countries. I think it will be mandatory in the future.
Africa by night
When I see this picture, what strikes me is this never-ending black whole in the shape of the African continent, a continent so beautiful by day and absolutely dark right there. The illuminated world around it, the cities, the urban flourishing and the Sahara in absolute darkness.
Energies for Africa
Borloo's initiative primarily is an absolute glow of cleverness because it's obvious and everything starts with this. The problem has one aspect: electricity; and then the rest will come: education and everything else we mentioned. I think it's essential.
On a personal level, my commitment would be dedicated to culture and art. Anyway, I think that on every continent, Humanity needs art. Africa has a lot to teach us on this.
Bonsoir M. Borloo, j\'ai assisté hier à la conférence que vous avez donnée à la Mairie du 17ème. Je trouve que l\'on ne parle pas assez en FRANCE de votre action pour l\'électrification de l\'Afrique. Les raisons que vous avez développées sont juste pertinentes et les enjeux considérables. Je vous apporte donc ma contribution en essayant de relayer via FACEBOOK.