14 May 2021
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The Africa-France Summit previously planned to be held in Montpellier in July has been postponed to October 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions, l’ Elysée announced.
The French Presidency, the Elysée, has announced its decision to postpone the Africa-France Summit scheduled for July 8-10 in Montpellier due to the Coronavirus health crisis. The event, which will bring together more than 1,000 participants, has been postponed to October 7-9, 2021.
In a Press Statement, The Municipality of the City of Montpellier confirmed the decision outlining restrictive measures regarding Covid-19 disease. “The travel constraints set at international level will not be sufficiently lifted this summer to allow the arrival of hundreds of guests from the African continent. Without their massive presence, the event would lose much of its meaning.”
The City of Montpellier added “These objective reasons led the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the City and the Metropolis of Montpellier to decide to postpone the event to 7, 8 and 9 October 2021. “
The 28th Africa-France Summit had been already postponed due to the current health crisis. The event was initially scheduled in June 2020 in Bordeaux.
This year’s summit will for the first time be held without Heads of State, to give more room to civil society, focusing on the themes of higher education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The programme outline will be presented in the coming weeks.
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