Africa France Summit

Africa France Summit

At the recent Africa-France Summit, the organizing committee for FISE (International Festival of Extreme Sports) was praised by President of France Emmanuel Macron for its contribution to promoting the city of Montpellier.

During the event, the session “Tackling urban sports, an African vocation”, which EIG France Sport Expertise member Hurricane participated in, offered an exclusive opportunity to discuss the development of sports such as skateboarding, freestyle BMX and breakdancing.

The summit’s focus was the development of sport in Africa as a vector for social and economic development, particularly in the fields of healthcare and education, with young people at the heart of the movement.

Major international sports events held in Côte d’Ivoire, such as the Africa Cup of Nations in 2023, and in Senegal, which will host the Youth Olympic Games in 2026, are excellent examples of the central role sport plays as a vector for social and economic development. Organizing such events creates employment opportunities, particularly for young people looking to gain experience, and are a source of regional development. Finally, the long-term redevelopment of pre-existing African structures contributes to the growth of socio-educational activities that improve access to sport.

In this context, French businesses have a duty to export their expertise and maintain their commitment to developing sports culture to ensure these top-level sports competitions, which attract millions of spectators, are a symbol of socio-economic legacy and action for host countries.