Visit of an Expertise France delegation to the United States

Headquarters of the United Nations in New York
Caption : Headquarters of the United Nations in New York
Headquarters of the United Nations in New York

The Chief Executive Officer of Expertise France, Sébastien Mosneron Dupin, went on an official visit to the United States from the 6th to the 9th of April 2015 to present the new agency and explore avenues for new partnerships with the major donors.

In Washington, exchanges were organised with officials of the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the assistance from French representations to the World Bank (WB) and the IDB, and the support from the French Embassy. The establishment of a public operator of European size intervening in a great number of sectors and common interest countries with these major donors was widely acclaimed.

Exchanges will now continue on a more operational level to develop partnerships mobilising French-speaking expertise in priority areas (especially in terms of sustainable development, capacity building in health or public finance areas).

The visit continued in New York, at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), where the Chief Executive Officer met with several high level representatives of the Secretary General, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS), and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) during meetings organised by the permanent mission.

These exchange were the opportunity to take stock on the progress of current activities in Northern Mali and led to the signature of two additional contracts by the Chief Executive Officer. It was also the opportunity to confirm the will of our partners to consider new partnerships with Expertise France, in order to respond to the large French-speaking expertise needs, especially in Africa.

Cooperation with the World Bank

To this day, Expertise France manages 7 projects currently funded by the WB, and is working on a dozen more projects under development.

All the current projects refer to the public finance sector and are located in Africa and are as follows:

  • Central African Republic: public finance and customs project, aimed at restoring the operating of public services;
  • Morocco: Support to the implementation of the organic law on financing;
  • Niger: Support to the Court of Auditors; and
  • Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo: projects associated with internal control/audit and public management modernisation.

However, the dozen projects currently under development show a greater diversity of thematic sectors funded by the WB and intervention areas. Besides the public finance sector, Expertise France currently focuses on several economic development projects (digital economy, statistics, and quality infrastructure) and governance (support to parliamentary institutions, and conduct of public policies) in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

April 2015

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