Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will be in Senegal today.
He will be attending the trial run of the Regional Express Train (TER) connecting Dakar with Diamniadio. This project is emblematic of the bilateral relationship between France and Senegal. France co-financed the TER, contributing some €330 million, or 30% of the project. The TER is designed to bring vitality to the new city of Diamniadio and in the long term will carry more than 100,000 passengers daily.
He will meet with Senegalese President Macky Sall and with Minister of Economy and Finance Amadou Ba to review our bilateral relations and our main commercial exchanges. He will reiterate France’s commitment to Senegal, following the December announcement by the donor advisory group that it would contribute €1.5 billion over a five-year period (2019-2023).
The minister will also visit the Museum of Black Civilizations (MCN). This museum, which President Léopold Sedar Senghor envisioned in the late 1960s and which was inaugurated this past December, is creating new opportunities for cultural cooperation between our two countries. A partnership agreement has already been signed by the MCN and the Musée du Quai Branly.