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Press visit to Senegal: First hand insight to EU cooperation

10 February - 13 February 2014, Senegal (DEVCO 2014)

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The European Journalism Centre, in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) and the Delegation of the European Union to Senegal, is organising a seminar for journalists of European media in Senegal, in the week 9-14 February 2014.

EU correspondents based in Africa and journalists from EU28 are invited to apply for this seminar as soon as possible. Please note that specialised journalists will be given priority. Although it is not a condition in order to participate, the French language is highly recommended.

The press visit is planned for 10-13 February, with arrival in Dakar on 9 February and departure on 14 February (with the possible option of flying in and out on a later date).

With its stable democracy, Senegal has long been a key partner for EU cooperation in West Africa, a region that has been challenged by conflict and natural disasters. At the same time, its economic growth has been slower than in other African countries and the poverty rate remains at almost 50% of the population. The EU, as one of the biggest donors in Senegal, is disbursing on average €72 million per year, focusing on building essential infrastructure, creating economic growth from which all parts of society can benefit, and fostering rural development. Senegal has great importance for trade flows into the land-locked neighboring Mali and also plays a strong role in integrating countries in the region in the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS.

The seminar programme will include meetings with top representatives of the government and visits to project sites around Dakar and to the city of St. Louis, a world heritage site in the north of the country. The organisers foresee interviews with EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs and the President of Senegal, Macky Sall (tbc). Exchanges and debates with civil society, project beneficiaries, national politicians and EU representatives are equally foreseen during the seminar.

The French language is not a condition for participation, but it is highly recommended.

A more detailed seminar programme will be available shortly.

The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and some meals during the trip.

For more information, please contact Elise ROCHEZ at rochez@ejc.net

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