French President Hosts Bill Gates in Paris
The French President had a meeting at the Elysée Palace this afternoon with Mr Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The meeting enabled an in-depth discussion about the challenges to be tackled in the field of development and international solidarity, particularly in Africa, on the eve of the EU-Africa summit in which the President will take part in Brussels on 2 April.
The President and Mr Bill Gates welcomed the partnership between France and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has become a major development player in the poorest countries.
They agreed to continue their shared involvement in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the GAVI Alliance [formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization] and UNITAID.
They decided to step up their cooperation within the different international forums (G8, G20, United Nations) and through specific projects, particularly in West Africa and the Sahel region.
They emphasized the need to use innovative financing for development, particularly through the implementation of a financial transaction tax. This tax has existed in France since 2012 and is to be introduced at European Union level, where 11 member states have committed themselves to enhanced cooperation to establish it.
The President reaffirmed the commitment of France, the world’s fourth-largest contributor, to international solidarity, despite the economic and budgetary context./.