Doctor Babacar Socrate Diallo
At the beginning of my remarks, in the name of all the promotions, I must first of all pay a vibrant tribute to the State of Senegal and through it, its friendly people and all its heads of state who are are succeeded, from President Léopold Sédar SENGHOR to Presidents Abdou DIOUF and Macky SALL via President Abdoulaye WADE, without whose fabulous support, the Dakar CEDS would certainly never have seen the light of day and, perhaps, never been able to continue to operate from December 1999 to the present day, as we prepare the events marking the celebration of its twenty years of existence.
To these tributes, I quite naturally associate all the Defense and Security Forces of the Republic of Senegal who were the first to understand all the advantages that Senegal and Africa would gain from hosting an organization of the nature and size a Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies. They went so far as to make logistics available, in the premises of the Ministry of the Armed Forces before the State of Senegal housed the ECSR, after the signing of its Headquarters Agreement which put it in prodigious and fruitful conditions of job.
This noble exercise would be incomplete and irrelevant if I were to forget to join Professor Pascal CHAIGNEAU, then general administrator of the CEDS in Paris who never ceased to provide me with his support and assistance in all forms, until 'when he took leave of his duties. The same is true of the French government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, whose appreciable assistance was never lacking to us, not to mention the French Forces of Cape Verde, which became the French Elements in Senegal with whom we always had the better relationships. May they all find here the expression of our infinite gratitude and our sublime gratitude.
The Dakar CEDS is a post-university, autonomous and independent, non-profit, academically inclined establishment with the status of International Non-Governmental Organization, having to its credit consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and several partnership agreements in Africa, France and around the world.
Supported by the States of the Continent including that of Senegal, which has housed its headquarters for twenty years, it has a primarily Pan-African vocation, intended for leaders, decision-makers, senior officials, senior officers, general officers, magistrates, lawyers, members of Governments and Assemblies. national and local as well as non-state actors.
It is for the satisfaction of new forms of international governance, in particular for the needs of enlargement, deepening, modernization, improvement and updating of the knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills of diplomats and senior officers. , senior executives of the international civil service, other decision-makers, state and non-state, that it was an opportunity for African countries to have an organization as prestigious as the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS ) from Dakar.
This is how, with the aim and with a view to contributing to the strengthening of Franco-African and Franco-Senegalese cooperation in particular, I took the initiative with the support of the General Administrator of the CEDS in Paris, to create the Dakar Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS), supported in this by the Government of the Republic of Senegal and the French Ministry of Cooperation, to meet the needs of Senegalese and nationals of other African States sub-Saharan Africa in the areas of strategy and geopolitics.
Thus, for the past twenty years, the Dakar CEDS has contributed to updating the knowledge, in Senegal and Africa, of decision-makers who are responsible for strategic issues and the external affairs of their country or their companies, both on at the level of international and diplomatic relations as well as at the military, security, legal, economic, social and commercial level.
The Dakar CEDS, the first Think Tank in French-speaking Africa south of the Sahara, is a center of excellence, a center of strategic and geopolitical analysis. He is involved in the qualification and capacity building of African decision-makers in the fields of diplomacy and international cooperation, in matters of international relations and strategy.
The Dakar CEDS offers me the satisfaction of drawing a particularly positive assessment of the initiative I took to create such an establishment in Dakar. Indeed, from 1999 to the present day, the Center has succeeded in creating the craze around strategic and geopolitical thought to the point that since then, in these areas, in Africa, hundreds of flowers have blossomed and hundreds of 'Schools are competing, as MAO TSE TOUNG would say.
I am just as happy, through the CEDS in Dakar, to have introduced Economic Intelligence in Senegal and contributed to its spread in Africa with the support of the Senegalese Government and in partnership with the Ecole de Guerre Économique de Paris. This is how I succeeded in creating in 2009, the Pan-African School of Economic Intelligence and Strategy (EPIES) to support the public authorities and African decision-makers in the control of strategic information and the management of information assets and knowledge at the service of the economic emergence of Africa.
In the same vein, with the help of my collaborators, auditors and our partners, I was able to mobilize energies for the creation of the African Institute of Geopolitics (IAGEO), the Inter African Center for Training and Research on Intelligence (CIAF2R) and the Observatory of Terrorist Threats, Radicalisms, Criminal and Cindynistic Risks (OM2R). This observatory is an integral part of the heritage of CEDS Dakar. It enabled it to contribute, in a decisive way, in partnership with the Social Security Fund of Senegal, to the birth of PREVENTICA DAKAR, International Forum for Global Risk Management in Africa.
I can only rejoice in the invaluable support of the Government of Senegal, which provided the Dakar CEDS with very large-scale support by authorizing the expansion of its training courses and by granting it, after the external evaluation of the National Authority for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANAQ SUP) final approval Repsen / Ensup / AD / 004/2016. This approval covers all the training offered by the establishment and authorized by the Ministry of
Higher Education and Research, from the License to the Doctorate via the POST-MASTER which constitutes a year of preparation for admission to the CEDS Doctoral School.
Last but not least, the year 2020 will have seen the Dakar CEDS contribute to the advent and launch of DAKAR SCIENCE PO, THE GREAT PANAFRICAN SCHOOL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE and to the creation of its new website which will bring considerable innovations in our various products and services, in higher diplomatic education, training and qualification, by making online training and new educational resources available to target audiences, including high-quality virtual libraries.
Thus, the opportunity is more favorable than ever for us to re-mobilize African decision-makers, Senegalese in particular, all members of the Dakar CEDS network to support and accompany, in the current context, the strategy implemented by the President of the Republic. of Senegal against Covid-19, then reflect on the strategic, geopolitical and geostrategic perspectives of the world, by putting the health / population determinants in the foreground, with all African Companies, States and Governments, as well as those who have already trusted us as anyone else who would like to benefit from our expertise, advice and assistance.
May this renovated site meet your expectations and meet the needs for which you are visiting it.