Congo, Egypt, Senegal to hold a parallel summit at COP27

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Tuesday, 25 October 2022 18:04

Senegal’s President Macky Sall welcomes his Congolese counterpart Sassou Ngesso to the summit of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), in Dakar, 27 November 2014. © AFP

Following an initiative to hold an African meeting on financing, a parallel conference hosted by Senegal, Congo, and Egypt will be held on the sidelines of COP27.

An African summit dedicated to financing sustainable development projects from the three climate commissions of the African Union (Congo Basin, Sahel region and island states) will be held on 8 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on the sidelines of COP27.

Brought on through the initiative of Senegal’s President Macky Sall and Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso, this event will also aim to strengthen the cooperation mechanism between the three commissions and “unite the voices of African countries in favour of fairer African finance”.

Along with Sall and Nguesso, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the host of COP27,  have invited several of their peers to attend this side event.

‘Special invitation’ letters

Among the guests are Morocco’s King Mohammed VI (organiser of the 2016 Action Summit that created the three commissions), DRC’s Félix Tshisekedi, Gabon’s Ali Bongo Ondimba, Niger’s Mohamed Bazoum, Côte d’Ivoire’s Alassane Ouattara, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Seychelles’ Wavel Ramkalawan.

Letters of “special invitation” were also sent to France’s Emmanuel Macron (as guarantor of the 2015 Paris climate agreement), the US’s Joe Biden (who may be represented by his personal climate envoy, John Kerry), China’s Xi Jinping (the level of Chinese representation at COP27 is not yet known), EU President Ursula Von der Leyen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The Senegalese head of state, in his capacity as current chair of the AU, signed these official letters, which were the subject of an explanatory tour by Arlette Soudan-Nonault, the Congolese minister for environment, sustainable development and the Congo Basin. In mid-October, she visited Dakar, Niamey, Rabat, Cairo, Kinshasa and Paris.

 

Understand Africa's tomorrow... today

We believe that Africa is poorly represented, and badly under-estimated. Beyond the vast opportunity manifest in African markets, we highlight people who make a difference; leaders turning the tide, youth driving change, and an indefatigable business community. That is what we believe will change the continent, and that is what we report on. With hard-hitting investigations, innovative analysis and deep dives into countries and sectors, The Africa Report delivers the insight you need.

View subscription options