A Moroccan businessman and advertising executive, Richard Attias was chairman of Publicis Events Worldwide and then founded Richard Attias & Associates. Based in New York, his company specialises in strategic communication and organising international seminars, notably the New York Forum.
Interview with Richard Attias conducted by Cécilia Emma Wilson of the journal African Geopolitics. Cécilia Emma Wilson — What is your perception of this Paris Climate Conference? Richard Attias — Our mission is principally to advise states, leaders and societies on how to integrate the innovation factor into their discourse and actions as much as possible.
For a long time, alarmist talk masked the weak signals of the African continent’s economic take-off, especially in sub- Saharan Africa. In recent years, these weak signals have become tangible indicators of African emergence.
Africa is not a land of despair. It carries within it the keys to the world’s economic growth in the 21st century, with a far greater concentration of wealth, assets and potential than the Afro-sceptics will admit. This confidence in Africa is neither naive nor unrealistic; it is supported by tangible factors that are already causing the buds of an African spring to blossom. But it is an African spring that must face many challenges that it would be unrealistic to deny or even...
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