1 – Dear Minister of Environment, could you introduce yourself?
I was born in Canada, from a Haitian mother and a Senegalese father, and raised in Senegal. I then returned to Canada to pursue my University degree in International Relations and establish a career.
However, a visit back home in 2006 opened my eyes to the necessity, and opportunities related to environmental and social matters.
Three years later my first initiative was launched. Since then, I have been conducting endeavours that implement circular economy, promote urban agriculture and green services.
2– What is your vision of Panafricanism?
Pan Africanism is the long march of the African people. A long-overdue reunion with self to better meet others.
It’s a dream, and a journey where every step counts, every hurdle is meaningful. Pan Africanism is an openness to our differences while strengthening our roots and nurturing this complex and rich diversity. An old, yet revolutionary idea that deserves all our energies.
3– Who is your favourite character in Pan-African history, and why?
Toussaint Louverture, for the liberation of Haiti. A landmark the Panafrican quest.
4– With the onset of technology and investment in Africa, how do you see Africa in the 21st Century?
Technologies are making huge impacts in various fields such as communication, energy, education and health, to name a few.
Nevertheless, access and growing needs remain a challenge in the era of Climate change.
This urgent matter is an opportunity for Africa to channel investments in local innovations and technologies that address the need for basic essential services to increase resiliency.
5– What initiatives and projects have manifested through your position within the State of the African Diaspora?
Since being appointed, the Prime Minister and I, are making progress in initiatives related to Environmental Leadership and Green Entrepreneurship.
6- What are you planning to do in the future for the State of the African Diaspora?
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
Guided by this principle, we will initiate strategic partnerships, gather collective intelligence, build synergies to maximize our collective impact.