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AFD marks its 75th anniversary by gathering the development community in Paris for a renewed ambition

29/11/2016

Under the high patronage and in the presence of the French President, François Hollande, on 6 December 2016, AFD will be celebrating its 75th anniversary at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac . It will be the high point of a week of reflection and discussions attended by a number of distinguished speakers.
 

In a world in common, which is interdependent and increasingly asserting itself, countries are innovating and sharing solutions to support sustainable growth paths with mutual benefits. AFD, building on its mandate, its history and its new partnership with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), is implementing France’s development ambitions, in a context of international action which has been radically remodeled with the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement.

To mark this event, which is gathering AFD’s main partners and personalities from all over the world, its Chief Executive Officer, Rémy Rioux, will be presenting the lines of action of AFD’s new project.

“At a time when AFD is celebrating its anniversary, the development landscape is experiencing a major upheaval. AFD wants to be the first donor to integrate this transformation, into its means, its practices, and its partnerships with all actors. From the Caisse which came about through Free France in 1941, to support for start-uppers and vulnerable countries, AFD’s mandates have undergone considerable change in three generations. And we are going to scale up once again to meet the demographic, territorial, ecological, digital and citizen-based challenges, with doubled equity, an increase in grants and closer ties with CDC. AFD wants to showcase the commitment and outstanding expertise of all its partners on 6 December at Quai Branly”, says Rémy Rioux.
 

Click here to consult the program for AFD’s 75th anniversary (#75ansAFD)

 

Program for AFD’s 75th anniversary

 

  • Tuesday 6 December at 16:00

Anniversary ceremony and closing by French President François Hollande.
Signing of the strategic alliance with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.
75 years of commitment to ODA, with a number of personalities.
by invitation only.

The Malian singer Inna Modja , patron of AFD’s 75th anniversary and actively engaged in the dialogue on cultures and women’s rights, will open the ceremony. Following the speech by the French President, Rémy Rioux will present AFD’s new strategic prospects. The strategic alliance between AFD and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations will be signed on this occasion.

Distinguished speakers and personalities from all over the world will, beforehand, interpret the challenges of an interdependent world and share their experiences of possible solutions.  

There will be successive presentations by Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of La Francophonie, Nicolas Hulot, but also Bill Gates, Luvuyo Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s great grandson, who is actively engaged in social entrepreneurship, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, from Chad, who is a peaceful advocate against climate change and for women’s rights, Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President, Tony Elumelu, the banker to 1,000 African entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs such as Rania Belkahia, CEO of Afrimarket, or Wala Kasmi, Tunisian winner of the “France s’engage au Sud” award, Dr. Kamel Mohanna from the Lebanese NGO Amel, Philippe Jahshan, President of Coordination SUD, Carlos Moreno, Franco-Colombian specialist in Human Smart Cities, Eric Scotto, CEO of Akuo Energy, Didier Robert, Senator and President of the Réunion region, and many others.
 


For the press, on 6 December 2016, compulsory accreditation at:
presse75ans@afd.fr
A Press Point with Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, is scheduled at 19:15


 

Reminder of full program


30 November: Launch of the week of celebrations in the presence of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, at Agence Française de Développement.
 

  • Wednesday 30 November 2016 from 9:00 to 18:30 at the Mistral Auditorium (AFD)

Historical symposium on “The Agency, its origins, its partners and its fields of operation, 75 years of commitment”

At a time when new prospects are opening up for AFD, it is inviting a number of personalities from the academic world (researchers, historians, academics) to present the results of their research, share their experience and hold discussions. This look back at AFD’s history, illustrated by archive films and photos, will be the occasion to grasp, over the long term, the components and determinants of the public policies which AFD has been contributing to for 75 years.


For the press, on 30 November 2016, compulsory accreditation at:
presse75ans@afd.fr


 

  • Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December 2016

International academic conference on “Commons and Development”: What are the contributions and limits of the commons for development assistance?” Parc Floral in Vincennes.

This 12th international Conference on Development will be opened by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, and chaired by Gaël Giraud, AFD’s Chief Economist. It aims to bring together researchers and practitioners and build a dialogue on the coordination between the “Commons” and development dynamics, drawing on a wide range of analytical frameworks and disciplines. Testimonies will be made at the conference by the actors and researchers Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University), Amy Dahan (CNRS-EHESS), Eduardo S. Brondizio (Indiana University), Chimère Diaw (African Model Forest Network) and Christophe Sand (Institute of Archaeology of New Caledonia and the Pacific).
 


For the press, on 1 and 2 December, compulsory accreditation at:
presse75ans@afd.fr
Press Point with Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist of AFD,
Thursday 1 December at 13:00 during a buffet (Register by return e-mail)


 

  • Monday 5 December 2016 from 8:30 to 19:00 at Palais Brongniart

Conference on “The French overseas territories in transition: What strategies for tomorrow?”

This day, in the presence of Ericka Bareigts, Minister for Overseas France*, will review the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the French overseas territories, where AFD is very active, and at a time when they are especially confronted with the challenges of climate change, which is central to the issues of the SDGs. This conference is taking place following a series of local conferences organized in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Réunion by AFD agencies. Speakers will include a number of key actors from the overseas territories (local authorities, ministries, socio-professionals, researchers, associations, etc.), while the 70 years of departmentalization, the research on effective equality and the forthcoming presidential elections in 2017 provide a context conducive to public debate.
*from 18:00 onwards.
 


For the press, on 5 December, compulsory accreditation at:  
presse75ans@afd.fr


 



Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement by the Council of Ministers today, 25 May 2016

25/05/2016

Today, on a proposal made by François Hollande at the Parliament on 27 April 2016 and following a unanimous favorable vote of MPs and a majority of Senators, Mr. Rémy Rioux, 46, Deputy Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Development, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement, a Public Industrial and Commercial Establishment responsible for development in Southern countries and the French overseas territories. Rémy Rioux, AFD’s 11th Chief Executive Officer, will take over as head of AFD on 2 June 2016.

Rémy Rioux was born in June 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Sciences Po, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He is a historian by training, a former student of Alain Corbin and Pierre Nora, and Senior Advisor at the Court of Auditors. During his career, he has alternately held responsibilities in France and for development in Africa.


Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of AFD © Alain Buu

At the age of 26, Rémy Rioux discovered Africa during an ENA internship in Benin, and subsequently by campaigning to promote the harmonization of business law in Africa. He has a love of this continent and has travelled across it throughout his career, established close ties there, and acquired a recognized expertise in development issues. He worked at the Directorate of the Treasury from 2004 to 2007, and subsequently from 2010 to 2012, where he contributed to modernizing monetary cooperation with African Franc Zone member countries, participated in the resolution of the Ivorian crisis, and contributed to making the issue of infrastructure and development central to the international agenda of the G20. At the time, he was a Member of the Boards of Directors of AFD and its subsidiary PROPARCO.

Rémy Rioux also conducted control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors between 1997 and 2004. He worked at the Ministry of the Interior from 2000 to 2002, at the Office of the Minister Daniel Vaillant, where he was responsible for the budget and changeover to the euro. He also held a position at the State Holdings Agency (APE), from 2007 to 2010, as Chief Investment Officer responsible for the transport and media sectors, and sat on the Boards of Directors of various companies (SNCF, RATP, ADP, Renault, France Télévisions, France Médias Monde, Arte, le Grand Port Maritime du Havre).

In 2012, he was Director of the Office of the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade, Pierre Moscovici. He was actively involved in redefining economic relations between Africa and France and in the work conducted by Jacques Attali on economic Francophonie. Two years later, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, appointed him Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry, in charge of economic issues. Alongside the Minister, he managed the financial component of the negotiations for COP21.

Following the announcement made by the French President in September 2015 of a revival of France’s Official Development Assistance policy and an increase in development and climate finance (by EUR 4bn by 2020, to reach EUR 12.5bn of annual commitments, including EUR 5bn for the climate), he was entrusted with a preparatory mission for the establishment of closer ties between Agence Française de Développement and Caisse des Dépôts, which aims to provide France with a tool capable of meeting the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He is a man of dialogue and conviction and is deeply attached to the Massif Central region, particularly Corrèze and Lozère, where he regularly stays with his wife and three children.

Key Dates

  • 26 June 1969: Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1997: Auditor at the Court of Auditors on leaving ENA (Marc Bloch Class), where he became Senior Advisor in 2013
  • 2001 and 2002: Budget Advisor at the Office of Daniel Vaillant at the Ministry of the Interior
  • 2003: Control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors
  • 2004: General Directorate of the Treasury, Head of the Office for Monetary and Development Cooperation with African, Caribbean, Pacific and Franc Zone countries
  • 2007: Deputy Director for the transport and audiovisual sectors at the State Holdings Agency (APE)
  • 2010: Deputy Director for international financial affairs and development at the General Directorate of the Treasury
  • 2012 to 2014: Director of the Office of Mr. Pierre Moscovici at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance
  • 2014: Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in charge of economic affairs
  • 2015: Responsible for financial matters in the French negotiation team for COP21.
  • June 2016: Appointed the 11th Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement.
     


Agence Française de Développement’s 2014 Results: Over EUR 8 billion for a more equitable and more sustainable world

17/03/2015

Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of AFD, today presented the key figures for the activity in 2014 of the central actor in France’s Official Development Assistance. With EUR 8.1 billion of commitments, up 4%, AFD has achieved another historic year for its activities to support a more equitable and more sustainable world.

AFD’s mandate is central to the challenge of the coming years, which is to bring about new development models that ensure both the prosperity of the whole of the world’s population and preserve the planet. We contribute to this by tailoring our actions to the needs of partner countries”, explained Anne Paugam, Chief Executive Officer of AFD.

AFD is a public institution that implements France’s policy for development financing. It operates on four continents, in over 90 countries and in the French overseas territories, and works on a daily basis to meet its partners’ requirements. This results in investments in human capital, support for the private sector, financing for public transport projects, and assistance for the public policies of both governments and territorial authorities, in order to promote more equitable and more sustainable development trajectories.

AFD addresses the challenges of climate change, the impacts of which concern the entire planet, by showing on a daily basis that there are concrete solutions that reconcile climate and development. In 2014, 53% of AFD’s financing for development in developing countries generated positive impacts for the fight against climate change and 30% for PROPARCO, its private sector financing arm.


Concrete impacts

AFD’s actions bring about concrete impacts. Between 2012 and 2014, ongoing projects have:

  • Got 2 million children into primary and secondary school;
  • Improved housing for 2.3 million people;
  • Provided 2.7 million people with access to a sustainable source of drinking water;
  • Assisted the development of 246,000 small businesses;
  • Supported 771,000 family farms;
  • Preserved and sustainably managed 32 million hectares of natural spaces allowing biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Historic year for the climate: 53% of financing

In 2014, 53% of AFD’s financing for development in developing countries and almost 30% of its subsidiary PROPARCO’s financing for the private sector also had positive impacts on the fight against climate change as part of one of the most ambitious climate strategies among international development finance institutions, which was established at the request of the French Government. In 2014, it accounted for over EUR 2.8bn of financial commitments, including EUR 2.53bn for AFD. Since 2005, EUR 18bn have been earmarked by AFD for projects that reconcile development and climate.

 

 

 

 

 

AFD’s first climate bonds

For the first time, AFD has issued climate bonds with a 10-year maturity. They will finance projects that contribute to development, but also to the fight against climate change.
This EUR 1bn “climate” bond issue is the first of its kind conducted by a French public agency. It marks a new trend in the design of financial instruments to support the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Through its rigorous and innovative methodology, based on a systematic assessment of the carbon footprint of funded projects, AFD is seeking to demonstrate to financiers that it is possible to channel part of international finance towards “climate” assets.

 

 

Sub-Saharan Africa: Record commitments

In 2014, financing in Sub-Saharan Africa reached the record volume of EUR 2.95bn, i.e. 36.5% of AFD Group’s total financing (45% of financing in foreign countries). Through this strong commitment, which is in line with the objective set by the French President to provide EUR 20bn of financing to the continent by 2018, AFD aims to support the emergence of Africa in its growth trajectories. The projects supported by AFD provide access to essential services, develop sustainable cities, family farming, preserve natural resources, and build infrastructure and job-creating enterprises.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Crises: Specific intervention methods and tools

In Mali, the Central African Republic, Guinea… in countries in armed conflict or recently emerged from conflict, AFD has tailored its operating methods and tools to the specificity of these contexts. The aim is to be more responsive and work more effectively with the different partners and actors of emergency relief and development. Key projects in 2014 include:
Ebola: a new treatment center was set up in the Guinea Forest Region thanks to a EUR 5m grant via a Debt Reduction-Development Contract
Bêkou Fund: this fund, with EUR 64m at the end of 2014, was created on the initiative of AFD. It allows European donors to pool their financing in order to support the crisis management and subsequent post-crisis process in CAR. It aims to recreate essential services, contribute to economic development and promote stability in the country and sub-region.

 

 

►Summary of 2014 activity results



 
 
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