During the official visit of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg to the Republic of Senegal, representatives of the two countries signed the fourth Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP IV).
The programme focuses on two priority areas, namely health and social protection as well as vocational and technical training and employability of young people. The indicative budgetary envelope for ICP IV to be implemented over the 2018-2022 period is €65 million.
Yesterday, 21 January, marked the first day of HRH the Grand Duke and his delegation’s visit to Senegal. After the military honours and the singing of the national anthems, the Luxembourg Head of State and the President of the Republic of Senegal reviewed the troops. This was followed by a visit to and guided tour of the island of Gorée, which was one of the major points of convergence of the slave trade in West Africa from the 15th to the 19th century. The island has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. During a decoration ceremony at the Place du Souvenir, the Luxembourg head of state was then elevated to the rank of pilgrim-ambassador of the memory of Gorée, the highest distinction of the island, by Augustin Emmanuel Senghor.
Today, on the second day of the official visit, HRH the Grand Duke, the Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Romain Schneider, the Minister of the Environment, Carole Dieschbourg and the Secretary of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, went to Diamniadio, a new development centre located about 30km from the capital Dakar, where they attended an economic forum entitled "An Innovative Partnership".
In the evening, HRH the Grand Duke and President Macky Sall, along with Luxembourg Ministers Romain Schneider and Carole Dieschbourg and Secretary of State Francine Closener attended an enlarged meeting, where the ICP IV between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Republic of Senegal was signed.
The second day of the official visit ended with a gala dinner hosted by President Macky Sall, in honour of HRH the Grand Duke.