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Tidjane Thiam: ‘African countries must engage in dialogue and define some rules of the game.’

By Julien Clémençot

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Posted on December 7, 2021 18:09

Firefox_Screenshot_2021-12-07T14-15-12.817Z Tidjane Thiam, 2 December 2021 in the RFI studios. © FRANÇOIS GRIVELET FOR JA
Tidjane Thiam, 2 December 2021 in the RFI studios. © FRANÇOIS GRIVELET FOR JA

At 60 years old, and freed from the constraints that big bosses from listed companies usually have, Ivorian-French investor Tidjane Thiam finally feels like he can speak freely.

Crédit Suisse’s former managing director divides his time between heading his investment fund, Freedom, which raised $345m in March, and a number of other commitments, notably aimed at helping the continent.

In 2020, at the request of South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, the African Union (AU) appointed him as a special envoy so that he could help develop a Covid response with other experts.

Thiam, a former minister who may be running for president in 2025, is a guest on the latest episode of our economic programme that we co-host with Radio-France Internationale (RFI).

About a week after the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac) was held in Dakar, he reminds us how Beijing’s partnership with the continent is crucial to ensuring its development and the stability of its democratic institutions, at a time when several coups d’état have taken place recently. This economic message

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