TRACE media group CEO, Chairman & co-founder, Olivier Laouchez, takes part in the Group of Public Interest (GPI) created by French President Francois Hollande and headed by the French minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, to build the Foundation for the commemoration of slavery in 2018.
Last year on May 10th, France’s President François Hollande announced his will to create a foundation dedicated to the commemoration of slavery. This occurred on the National day commemorating the triangular trade, slavery and their abolition in France. The Group of Public Interest (GPI) named Mission For The Commemoration of Slavery, the Trades and Their Abolitions launched on May 3rd 2017 and lead by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Marc Ayrault, was a first step to the creation of this foundation, expected to be fully operational by 2018.
The GPI’s objective is to : “gather at a table people willing to keep slavery’s memory vivid, create educational, cultural and civic actions on this matter.”
The GPI brings the State, represented by the Prime minister and 9 ministries, the Bank of France through the Institut d’émission des DOM, the Caisse des dépôts et consignations, the CREFOM, the Institut du Tout-Monde Édouard Glissant, the Fondation Esclavage et Réconciliation as well as the organization “La Route des Abolitions”.
TRACE’s CEO Olivier Laouchez, as well as Lionel Zinsou, former banker and Benin’s Prime Minister, political scientist and Head of the Memory of the slavery committee Françoise Vergès, the video director Leïla Sy and the Senegalese diplomat Doudou Diène were all chosen to take part in the GPI with Mr Ayrault.
“I am the great grandson of a slave. Taking part in this initiative so that nobody forgets what has been one of the biggest crimes against humanity is more than an honor. It is a duty. Knowing and understanding what slavery was and what its human, social, economical and cultural consequences were is a necessity for all of us” states Olivier Laouchez after his appointment.
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