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Bolloré Group contributes to the emergence of sustainable cities in Africa

Côte d'Ivoire. 30 April 2016

From April 27 to 30, Abidjan hosted the France Afrique de l'Ouest et centrale business forum. Organised by France’s foreign trade advisors in collaboration with Business France and the support of the employers’ organisation, MEDEF, the platform brought together several leading French groups to focus on the theme: “The African city of the future”

[Translate to English:] Forum d'affaires France Afrique - Groupe Bolloré

[Translate to English:] Jean-Michel Maheut, Directeur Régional Afrique de l'Ouest de Bolloré Transport & Logistics

Daniel KABLAN DUNCAN, the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, attended the inaugural ceremony. Bolloré Group, as a historic partner of the African continent, outlined its range of practical solutions designed to contribute to the emergence of sustainable cities in Africa.

During the plenary session, Jean-Michel MAHEUT, Regional Director of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, presented Blue Solutions, a Bolloré Group company specialised in electricity storage. His presentation brought home to the audience the importance of Bolloré Group’s pioneering role in renewable energy in Africa, notably through its innovative decentralised energy system.
The participants also followed with keen interest the presentation of the Bluezones built by Bolloré Group in Guinea, Niger, Benin and Togo. These living spaces offer facilities for sport and entertainment, e-learning rooms, health centres, business incubators, etc. They are continuously powered by a system of Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) batteries developed by Blue Solutions, coupled with solar panels. Through this technology, Bolloré Group makes a significant contribution to the wellbeing of the local populations.

Jean-Michel Maheut

Bolloré Transport & Logistics Regional Director

The technology is a perfect fit for the African continent as it helps to make up for the lack of national grids, delivering electricity to zones that have no other access to electrical power.

On day one, key personalities were invited to use the Bluebus electrical shuttles for transportation to the venue, offering a chance to discover another LMP battery application developed by Bolloré Group.