Richard Attias

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Faire du sport un facteur de développement: un défi du XXIème siècle

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 10:16 AM

SPORT - La pratique du sport a cette particularité qu'elle surpasse les limites des frontières géographiques et les classes sociales. Le sport est déjà un secteur économique à part entière représentant environ 2% du PIB dans de nombreux pays développés. Néanmoins, le défi est aujourd'hui de faire du sport un...

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L'Afrique, terre de joint-ventures

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 12:40 PM

AFRIQUE - Ce n'est un secret pour personne: l'Afrique est depuis une dizaine d'années l'un des principaux moteurs économiques de la planète. Nous l'avons écrit, vécu, mis en scène et assumé toutes les critiques affirmant que nous sommes d'irresponsables utopistes. Un temps propice aux investissements étrangers, elle voit cependant les...

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En Afrique, l'énergie peut (et doit) être communicative

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 6:17 PM

ÉNERGIES - Les atouts économiques du continent africain sont désormais bien connus de tous avec notamment une croissance dynamique portée par une population jeune et inventive.
Pourtant, les fruits de cette croissance ne bénéficient toujours pas à l'ensemble de la population, et le nombre grandissant de candidats à...

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Egypt Economic Promises

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 3:39 PM

A hub between the Arab world, Africa, Asia and Europe, Egypt has all the cards in hand to become one of the world's economic champions. With its diversified economy and dynamic demography, the country can and should rely on its dynamism, which is built on the back of enthusiasm and...

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Davos 2015: A New Global Context

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:37 PM

In a discussion around globalization today it is near impossible to not take notice of the major gap between the "autistic" view of globalization, as reflected by the corporate jargon that has become the hallmark of Davos, and the realities of the simmering disturbances that were protested in Paris on...

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The Francophone Community Must Believe in Its Economic Potential

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Too often, the Francophonie is reduced to a purely cultural dimension. However, the French language, which links more than 220 million people from all four corners of the globe, is actually a formidable economic trump card for the 57 state members of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF).


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The Development Factor: The Challenge of Sport in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:39 AM

Sport occupies a peculiar place in world dynamics in that it surpasses the limitations of geographical boundaries and social classes.

Still, a gap remains between developed and developing nations when it comes to sport. In the industrialized world, sport as an economic sector represents approximately 2% of GDP. For...

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Big Data: The Next Revolution of Sport

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:47 PM

Big Data -- the aggregation and analysis of data to optimize performance -- is transforming modern society. Sport, which has always served as a reflection of society, is no exception. While calculations have been employed since the dawn of athletics, the latest innovations in data are poised to trigger a...

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Global Watch: a red card to racism in sport

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 7:44 AM

In early June, as many of the world's great national teams and players were warming up for the carnival that is World Cup 2014, another sporting summit was taking shape far away from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium. On June 5, many political and athletic leaders came together in...

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Schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria: Complicity through Silence

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:03 PM

This past Monday night, militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 129 high school female students from their beds in northern Nigeria. The Western media has made barely a mention of this story and appears resigned to ignore this abduction, which is an act of terror and...

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Doha GOALS: making a difference through sport

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 7:23 AM

Today more than ever, our troubled world needs to promote the universal values of sport. Improving access to sport across the planet, notably toward the youth, is the best way to teach perseverance and respect of the rules (and of others).

As the second edition of the Doha Goals Forum...

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Expo 2020 : Dubai's triumphant come-back

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:12 AM

Dubai has recently been announced as the organizer of the 2020 universal exhibition, Expo 2020. It heralds an economic and political return to center stage for this emirate that was left moribund after the crisis of 2008, proving that strategic vision and strong leadership are still cardinal values for a...

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How to Spark Urban Renewal Through Sport

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 10:50 PM

There are plenty of examples of how putting money into sports infrastructure can spark urban renewal. What the Olympics and other mega-events have shown is that the significant investment required to host an international games successfully has the power to transform a region, and even a nation. What they have...

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Africa's Olympic Potential

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Economic growth across the African continent makes the prospect of holding the Olympic Games there an exciting one. Former IOC president, Jacques Rogge, had a desire to bring the Games to Africa, with Egypt, Kenya and Morocco considered as potential hosts. I am confident that the new IOC...

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The UN: a huge, flawed political machine...but indispensable nonetheless

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 3:45 PM

On the eve of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the biggest of all international organizations faces more criticism than ever for its sluggishness, inefficiency, bordering on irrelevance in today's world. The innate complexities of our globalized and multipolar world, however, make the...

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Letter to President Obama from Richard Attias

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Barack Hussein Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington, DC

26 June 2013

Dear Mr. President,

In a few hours you will touch down in Africa on a much-anticipated visit. Africa is deeply...

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Agriculture, and Africa's Future

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 12:02 PM

Africa's agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent's economy and its people. A recent report from the African Development Bank Group has noted that advancements in agriculture would have a direct and positive effect on poverty....

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An African Ivy League

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:28 PM

As African economies boom and businesses are created, one of the big questions this growth raises is that of third-level education: how can Africa develop a knowledge infrastructure to rival that of the west, a sort of Harvard University in Africa? And what should African philanthropists do to foster the...

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Africa Investing in Africa

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 9:01 PM

I recently wrote about foreign direct investment in Africa and the prospect of engagement among developing nations and the BRICS. But in order for sustainable development to be achieved across the continent, smart input from Africa's own entrepreneurs and institutions must also occur. The question of intra-regional African...

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A Focus on Africa's Informal Economy

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Africa's informal economy is one of the most innovative and inventive environments in the world. Yet it is an environment with little regulation in which workers are often exposed to hard conditions and live without a safety net. Technological advances mean that with a mobile phone, an African can start...

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