Didier Reynders meets his Senegalese counterpart together with a large economic delegation

date: 10 February 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on Friday 7 February welcomed his Senegalese counterpart, Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, accompanied by a large delegation from the economic sector of Senegal.

During their meeting, the two Ministers welcomed the strengthening of the economic ties uniting Belgium and Senegal. The Ministers considered the possibilities for diversifying Belgium’s presence in Senegal through new investments. Didier Reynders commended the efforts of the Senegalese authorities in favour of greater transparency of public finances and concerning the struggle against corruption, which constitute positive signals for investors. The Ministers also identified the key sectors that offer the potential for strengthening Belgian-Senegalese economic relations, such as agro-industry, biotechnology, tourism, sanitation, air transport as well as rail and port infrastructure.

The Ministers also exchanged their views of the situation in the Sahel region, in the Central African Republic and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the same spirit, they reaffirmed the strong commitment of the two countries to work with determination toward peace, security, justice and development in Africa.

Didier Reynders wished Senegal every success in organizing the Summit of the International Francophone Organization (OIF) that will be held in Dakar from 29 to 30 November 2014.

Minister Reynders expressed to his counterpart his desire to pay a visit to Senegal in the near future in order to continue these fruitful exchanges between the two countries.