Institut Choiseul to host 100 African think tanks in Lagos

Lagos the commercial capital of Nigeria is set to host a meeting of select 100 Africans, who are key players in their countries and in the African continent.

The meeting, which is slated to hold from November 16 to 18, 2016 is organised by Institut Choiseul, an influential independent think tank chaired by Dr Pascal Lorot. Ahead of this year’s meeting, Dr Pascal Lorot, Chairman, Institut Choiseul, was in Nigeria for three days from Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to meet with business leaders and high ranking government officials.

Besides his commitment to the Institut Choiseul, Dr Lorot has been appointed by decision of the President of France François Hollande Commissioner General for France for the International Exposition Astana 2017.

After a keenly competitive bid to host the event, Lagos emerged as the selected city.

Pascal’s visit will set the stage ahead of the meeting in November.

The Lagos event will be the fourth edition, previous meetings were held in Paris, France and Marrakech, Morocco.

The 100 Africans who were selected by Institut Choiseul will play a major role in the Africa’s economic development in the near future. As part of event, Dr Lorot’s will also be hosted by the Nigerian Choiseul 100 Africa Laureates in an event tagged ‘An Evening with Dr Lorot.”

Dr Lorot, who is also the founding President of Institut Choiseul, had a research career (including the French Institute for International Relations), which led him to publish about 20 books on geopolitics and international relations before developing and deepen the concept of geo-economics.

As a business man, Dr Lorot led the BNP’s representative office in the USSR before becoming advisor to the CEO of the London based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He served as chief economist and director of institutional relations of the Group Total.

Dr Lorot has served France as advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance (Edmond Alphandéry) and has been appointed by decision of the former President of France Jacques Chirac as a member of the college of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) from 2004 to 2010.