Gambia and Senegal – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (5-6 November 2018)


Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Gambia and Senegal from November 5 to 6.

In Banjul, the minister will meet with President of the Republic of the Gambia Adama Barrow and will express France’s support for democratic consolidation in this country. Our support will be demonstrated through an unprecedented commitment of €50 million over four years, making France the largest bilateral donor, and the signing of agreements on the financing of projects in the areas of agriculture and access to drinking water. The minister will give concrete expression to the strengthening of French presence by inaugurating a new French diplomatic office in Banjul and by visiting the Alliance Française as well as the construction site for the new French school.

In Dakar, Mr. Le Drian will meet with President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall, and will discuss the priority areas of the partnership between France and Senegal. He will notably discuss major projects, such as the regional express train, as well as education and cybersecurity issues. During his visit, the minister will launch a training program on cybersecurity through the new Ecole nationale à vocation régionale (ENVR) (national academy with regional outreach). He will sign three agreements in the area of combating climate disruption (coastal erosion; flood risk prevention; support for climate change adaptation in Senegal).

The minister will take part in the 5th edition of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa where he will deliver a speech on African peacekeeping operations. He will reaffirm France’s support for the adoption of a resolution on these operations in December at the UN Security Council.