The meeting was attended by government ministers and senior executives, as well as public and private players in the financial sector in six North African countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.
“The discussions in which I participated continued the campaigns that I have been running for the past ten years or so in multilateral and regional bodies in Africa. They are designed to make requirements mutually intelligible and identify the type of support to be provided in order to facilitate structural changes to financial ecosystems,” explained Prof. Saidane.
“I also met two SKEMA graduates: Arnaud Floris and Mehdi Lengliz. The former is an economist at the African Development Bank and the latter is a senior executive at the Attijari Tunis bank responsible for strategy and development. I was very proud to meet these people that we had trained and who form part of the regional economic and financial dynamic here,” he added delightedly.
Dhafer Saidane, doctor of economics, is a professor at SKEMA Business School. He is the director the MSc Corporate Financial Management course at the Lille campus. He also leads the International Observatory for Sustainable Finance and the SAB trophy for sustainable finance.
He heads the SME Financing working group at the Tunisian Conseil d’Analyse Économique, and advises the Club of Directors of Banks and Credit Establishments of French-Speaking Africa. He is a consultant on financial affairs in Africa to the United Nations, and is also a scientific advisor to the Techniques Financières et Développement journal (Paris) and writes a regular column for the African Banker review. Prof. Saidane is the author of the reference work Banque & Finance en Afrique : les Acteurs de l’Emergence, for which he co-directed the writing with Alain Le Noir.