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.
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.
Africa in one word
To me, complicated stories begin because it's impossible to extensively simplify Africa, which is more sophisticated than we imagine, with many more differences and spreads. The way we globally approach the continent might be quite complicated including in terms of religions. Looking closer we can not put them all in the same place hoping they'll stay put because there're only Africans.
650 million cell-phones is a way to tell people they are not going to follow the same process, the same path, they will simplify and radicalize because they are inventing a future at their own pace to avoid useless steps. They directly went to the step where they pay with their cell-phones so it's striking to see them with 650 million cell-phones.
A dream for Africa
For them to discover their own path, to not follow the Asians' footsteps so nervous, so liberal, and so willing to move faster than everyone else and therefore polluting: half of China is sunk in an unbreathable air. I don't want Africans to compare themselves with Americans or Europeans, but to find their own way, more harmonious, more interesting and respectful of those who started later to arrive earlier.
A story? An anecdote?
It can not leave women out. In the Women Forum in particular, we often saw African delegations with great qualities among which the capacity to mobilize French women by explaining to them how much they are fighting over there, how their challenges are great ones, how most construction works were done by women, and how it was in our interest to keep climbing, to continue to consider the issue of women as an important one.
Africa by night
I think we must hurry. We have to give them access to lighting, it has become urgent if we don't want to have problems. This picture is beautiful, it makes people think and they all say: some people have to be given more, they need more. Energy is not always negative.
Energies for Africa
It's just pure happiness! First because Borloo is crazy for having decided that we were going to change it all overnight. This person from across the world wants to light a whole continent with his own energy; is it possible not to melt? We would want him to take care of everything.
To help as many people as possible, such as Jean-Louis, to try bringing something to Africa in particular. The challenge of energy seems very important.
The link with women is fascinating, African women are exceptional and I want to create links and personal exchanges. I remember a meeting on Francophone countries: African women had so much more vigor and energy than us, and I said to myself we needed to come up with places where they could talk because they truly are magnificent.