French agency boss launches a book in Ethiopia

Calling for a new mindset to reconcile differences at every stage of the society across the world, a new book by Remy Rioux, CEO of Agence Francaise De Development (AFD) entitled, “Reconciliations”, is launched today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Reconciliation is not only about compromise…Reconciliation is another way of saying we are angry about of the problems we have…There are several people I the community who can participate in reconciliation…For me reconciliation is also a profession,” he said on Friday at the launching of the book in the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

In his new book Rioux recommends the need for reconciliation at both national and international level to address some of the major challenges of today’s world.

“Wherever you look, the economic, social, climate and geopolitical fault lies are growing deeper. There is widespread instability at national and international levels. But these divides provide us with a unique opportunity. Let’s seize the chance to look again at inequality and the preservation of the planet. Let’s embark together on a journey of reconciliations,” he wrote.

Sustainable development investment, reconciliation in Africa and Europe are among the examples he mentioned in his book, which calls for a reinvented development policy, which can meet the challenges of the twenty first century and the Sustainable Development Goals.

From migration governance to climate change and Africa’s falling into yet another round of debt-trap, to Europe’s self-centered politics, the author mentioned several examples why the world needs reconciliation.

His book, which is inaugurated at the presence of diplomats in Addis including head of UN Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe, is presented in both English and French languages.