Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to Senegal and Cape Verde (6-8 October 2019)


Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Senegal and Cape Verde from October 6 to 8.

In Senegal, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will meet with President Macky Sall and Amadou Ba, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad. He will discuss our very close cooperation with Senegal, notably in the areas of regional security, economic development (French support for the regional express train) and higher education (launch of the Campus Franco-Sénégalais).

On October 7, the minister of state will open, alongside Amadou Ba, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, the 20th edition of the International Forum on the African Continent, taking place for the first time in Africa. This forum, organized by the Security and Defense Cooperation Department of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (Institute for Higher National Defense Studies – IHEDN), reflects the strong ties and diverse interactions between African countries and France in the areas of security and development. This edition, which will bring together military and civilian participants from 39 African countries (senior officials, high-ranking officers, lawyers and academics), will have as its theme: “L’Afrique en 3D : défense, diplomatie et développement” (“3D strategy in Africa: defense, diplomacy and development”).

In Cape Verde, the minister of state will meet with President Jorge Carlos Fonseca and will sign a letter of intent with him in the area of maritime security. He will also meet with Luís Filipe Tavares, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, in order to discuss our cooperation priorities: promotion of French language and culture and support for expanding access to electricity, especially on the island of Sal. He will visit the French international school, Les Alizés, and will launch, in the presence of the French community, the France Alumni du Cap Vert network.