French President Macron to visit Ghana as part of three nation African tour
| Updated Nov 27, 2017 at 10:48am
French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron is starting his first tour of Africa today.
He is to visit Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire in an effort to revitalise France's image on the continent.
Mr. Macron's advisers say he hopes to modernize France's relations with Africa by emphasizing business links, education and sports rather than development aid.
Although Mr. Macron has pledged to increase France's aid budget to zero point five five percent of GDP by 2022, France's aid budget was cut by 140 million euros in July as part of four point five billion euros of reduction in public spending.
This summer, the French president set up a committee to advise him on the country's African policy.
It is made up primarily of young business people with dual nationality and close connections with their country of origin.
In Burkina Faso tomorrow, the French president will deliver a speech on his African policy to 800 students at Ouagadougou University.