France and Benin have committed themselves to the realization of an important project: the Cultural and Creative Quarter of Cotonou, which will also house the new Franco-Benin Institute, as announced by the Beninese Presidency on March 30.
The information has been revealed in an official statement issued after the audience granted by the Beninese president, Patrice Talon, to Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, French Secretary of State attached to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, in charge of Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, who He has been visiting Cotounou since March 29 at the head of an important delegation.
According to the Beninese presidency, in the audience with the French Secretary of State "a review was made of the follow-up to the commitments made by President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Benin on July 27 and 28, 2022, for a revitalization of the cooperation between the two States.
"These include cultural cooperation, tourism development, technical and vocational training."
The two parties reviewed ongoing projects in the field of education, agricultural training, youth employment, as well as the "Porto-Novo green city project" of the French Development Agency, which takes into account rehabilitation of the Voodoo squares and the shores of the lagoon.
In terms of security, "the two personalities took stock of the situation. At this level, France accompanies Benin in terms of information exchange, training and equipment," the same source specified.
Let us remember that Chrysoula Zacharopoulou is on tour in Africa. After Benin, he will go to Togo and then Ghana.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French diplomat will highlight the "priorities for the renewal of the partnership with Africa, focused on youth, innovation and culture."