For many, in Dakar, Abidjan or Yaoundé, the sale by Bolloré to the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) of its logistics and port activities on the continent sounded like the end of an era when Africa still occupied an important place. within the French group. The agreement took several palaces by surprise who, far from suspecting what negotiations were underway, did not appreciate being presented with a fait accompli. Historical partner of around fortyIT ISstates, the company had just turned its back on them.
Reassure the heads ofIT IStat
“This is absolutely not the case, our presence south of the Sahara will continue and be a long-term one. In terms of transport, if the transaction goes to completion with the MSC Group, the Bolloré Africa Logistics (BAL) teams will ensure the continuity of activities at the service of their customers and local populations. Everything that has been built by our teams over decades will continue to benefit Africa and Africans. Furthermore, Bolloré Logistics will remain and specialist in Africa and will continue to connect the continent to the rest of the world thanks to its network present everywhere else”, assures Fabricio Protti, deputy general manager of the Bolloré group.
Our presence south of the Sahara will continue and be long-term
To Puteaux, in the Paris region, at 17e floor of the tower that bears his name, Cyrille Bolloré, the heir appointed CEO in 2019, knows that he still needs to reassure on this point. If his father, Vincent, has forged personal ties with several presidents and ex-presidents such as Alassane Ouattara or Alpha Condé, he seems much less connected to African powers – if only because of the age difference with this class. leader. “Cyrille meets and works with the heads ofIT IStat, public authorities and representatives of civil society in all the countries where the group is invested and engaged”, specifies on this point Fabricio Protti.
Diego Aponte (MSC): “We will be part of the continuity of what Bolloré has built in Africa”