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Ambassador Zumwalt and students
December 17, 2015

The U.S. government inaugurated a new Regional Leadership Center (RLC) that will train thousands of West African young people aged 18 to 35 in entrepreneurship, pubic management, and civic engagement over the next four years.  The center is one of four on the continent developed as part of President Obama’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Lisa Franchett is sworn in
December 3, 2015

On December 3, Lisa Franchett was sworn in as the new Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Senegal. The ceremony, the first ever for the Senegal mission to be held in Dakar, was presided over by U.S. Ambassador James P. Zumwalt. The outgoing Mission Director Susan Fine, who will continue her work with USAID as a senior advisor based in Washington, DC, as well as Franchett’s family and the staff also graced the occasion. Ms. Franchett will lead both the Senegal bilateral mission and the Sahel Regional Office, which works to build resilience in Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso. 

Mission Director Fine giving remarks at the signing ceremony
September 16, 2015

On September 15, the United States through the U.S. Agency for Development (USAID) and the Government of Senegal signed extensions of their current assistance agreements on various areas of intervention supported by USAID, estimated at $466 million (233 billion francs CFA), through the year 2020.

Mission Director Ms Fine with Khady Sarr, a food processor
September 16, 2015

Dakar, September 10, 2015 - A public/private partnership between the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and the Agri-Food Platform of Senegal’s Professional Organizations (POPAS) that helped train almost 60 people demonstrates the role and the centrality of research and training in the development of the private sector and economic growth, the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ms Susan Fine, said.

L-R : Kaolack region’s deputy governor Abdou Wahab Talla, Ambassador James Zumwalt and KASEC director El Hadj Ibrahima Niasse
September 2, 2015

“Seed quality is the backbone of agricultural productivity,” U.S. Ambassador to Senegal James P. Zumwalt said on September 2 as he joined local authorities and representatives of the agricultural sector to inaugurate a new Seed Treatment Center in Kaolack, Senegal’s breadbasket for cultivation of cereals like millet, maize and sorghum.


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