Geneva, 20 March – During the Africa CEO Forum President Sall also took a strong stance against Africa’s supposed role in Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis. “Africa and Europe have a long history but what I cannot accept is the characterization of African migration”. He made it clear that it was in the continent’s best interest that migration decreased because Africa’s “needs labor to succeed in its emergence”. With regard to women’s empowerment in the public sphere, President Sall highlighted the important role women have to play in public policy, which should not be limited to an elite group alone, “but also women in rural areas who continue to work in extremely difficult situations”. He added this will “certainly contribute to give women a more prominent role in the continent’s development”. IDA attendance.