Monday, January 22, 2018

Grand Duke Henri on the Second Day of the Senegal Visit

Photo: SIP / Julien Warnand /
On Day 2 of the official visit to Senegal, Grand Duke Henri participated in a number of events, beginning with an economic forum in Diamniadio, a newly developed urban center around 30 kilometers outside of Senegal's capital of Dakar. The forum was jointly organized by the Grand Duchy and the Agence sénégalaise pour la promotion des investissements et des grands travaux (APIX). The Grand Duke's opening remarks may be found here

Photo: SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen /
Afterward, the Grand Duke visited the Regional Center for Health and Development in West Africa ENDA-Santé (which is working in partnership with the Luxembourg-based NGO Stop Aids Now). There the Grand Duke, with Romain Schneider, unveiled a commemorative plaque. The two organizations are now embarking on the third phase of the project "Frontiers and vulnerabilities to HIV / AIDS in West Africa."

Photo: SIP / Julien Warnand /
Following this, Grand Duke Henri was joined by Romain Schneider and Francine Closener on a visit to Kermel Market, which was rebuilt with the support of the Grand Duchy and the European Commission following a fire in 1993. The Grand Duke then joined former President Abdou Diouf, and his wife Élisabeth Diouf for a private lunch. Minister Romain Schneider, Minister Carole Dieschbourg, and Secretary of State Francine Closener also met with their Senegalese counterparts for bilateral talks.

During the evening, Grand Duke Henri was welcomed by current President Macky Sall at the presidential palace for an interview, with the Ministers and the Secretary of State also in attendance for meetings. The 4th Indicative Cooperation Program between Luxembourg and Senegal was signed during this time.

To round off the day, the Grand Duke attended a gala dinner hosted by President Macky Sall in his honor. The Grand Duke's toast can be found here.

The full itinerary is provided here, with more photos available here.

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