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Alumnus on President Macron's Advisory Board for Africa

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29 August, French president Emmanuel Macron officially confirmed the creation of the Presidential Advisory Board for Africa, nominating its members. Among those selected, Jean-Marc Adjovi Boco (SKEMA 1999 - pictured: back row, centre).

Born in Benin, Jean-Marc Adjovi-Boco is a former professional footballer. After his career, “Jimmy” Adjovi-Boco, graduated from SKEMA in 2001. 

With other footballers such as Patrick Vieira and Bernard Lama, Jimmy Adjovi-Boco heads Diambars: a training institute for jobs in football for young people aged 13 to 18. The institute offers the best chances for young African sportsmen by using football as a tool for social, professional, economic and cultural development, helping these young people to obtain secure employment. 

According to the Élysée (the president's office/home), the Presidential Advisory Board for Africa is a tool for discussion and contribution to decision making directly in contact with the President Macron. “The board members will be able to advise him directly and contribute to broadening viewpoints” explains the Elysée. This board should contribute to increasing Franco-African relations on “the subjects of tomorrow such as business, education, mobilityjean-marc-adjovi-boco-280.jpg and renewable energies”. In the eyes of its promotors, the relationship between France and Africa should not be limited to matters of security and migration.
 
"Those who know me know the mind-set I have when joining this team. I want to contribute real things to African youth and to be part of building a different relationship between France and Africa. It is not an easy match to win…. in fact it might be more difficult than some others, but the challenge is too important for us not to play." explained Jean-Marc. 

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