Another highlight of the 34th Seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs was the information and exchange session on 13 October, which was devoted to Olympic Solidarity programmes in support of NOC actions. This was session IX of the seminar on the theme “Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations.” The session was entirely devoted to exchanges between Olympic Solidarity and representatives of ANOCA member NOCS. Yassine Yousfi, Jérôme Poivey and Joelle Simond spoke successively on the new approach adopted by Olympic Solidarity pursuant to the new IOC vision defined by Agenda 2020. In his paper, Yassine Yousfi said that “it is very important for NOCs to develop strategic plans in the short, medium and long term, with objectives to be attained by the end of 2020.” This, according to him, would allow for an action plan, programmes and an evaluation system that would serve as a barometer for the actions national Olympic organisations.
Yassine Yousfi also revealed during the session that, during the 2013-2016 Olympiad, the African Olympic Movement received Olympic Solidarity grants to the tune of US $ 77 million for 3,200 individual dossiers. He further said that for upcoming years, Olympic Solidarity hopes to increase the grants substantially provided there is enhanced governance and greater transparency in NOC management. The Olympic Solidarity envoy also observed that his institution has launched a new programme aimed at providing assistance to needy NOCs, and urged all African Olympic institutions to strive to develop their administrations and those of national federations with IOC funds allocated for that purpose.
As for Jérôme Poivey who developed the theme “2017-2020 Olympiad, programmes and objectives of Olympic Solidarity,” he recalled the need to refer to the general principles of good governance and ensure they are complied with. He thus called on NOCs to mobilise the tools placed at their disposal with practical applications that would notably allow for self-evaluation, an indispensable regulator for greater efficiency and proven results.
Joelle Simond on her part presented a paper on “Governance and autonomy of NOCs/IOC Institutional Services: update of Olympic Agenda 2020”, which sharpened the focus on the new working method instituted by Olympic Solidarity. It involves putting in place an online platform to facilitate the development and processing of NOC dossiers. She used the opportunity to announce the holding of a forum dubbed “Olympism in action” on 5 and 6 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines of the 3rd Youth Olympic Games. That forum will review the major achievements of the International Olympic Movement with respect to the implementation of Agenda 2020.
The foundation stone for the construction of the Olympafrica Centre in Santa Cruz, Cape Verde, was laid on 17 October 2017.
A strategic meeting was held on the sidelines of the 34th Seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs in Sal, and brought together ANOCA members and administrators of NOC Cape Verde.