Queen Letizia of Spain is currently on a three-day solo visit to Senegal. The Queen is visiting the country to take a look at the different projects of the Spanish Cooperation in the area.
On Monday evening, Her Majesty arrived in Dakar, Senegal. Upon her arrival, Queen Letizia was welcomed by the First Lady of Senegal, Marième Faye Sall; the Spanish ambassador in Senegal, Alberto Virella; and the Senegalese Minister of Solidarity, Economy and Microfinance, Angelique Manga. Travelling with the Queen are the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Fernando García Casas and the Director of Cooperation with Africa and Asia of the AECID, Cristina Díaz. Queen Letizia and the First Lady then had a conversation in a meeting room at the airport.
Queen Letizia is in Senegal to highlight the projects financed by the Spanish Cooperation in the country, focused on the promotion of democratic governance, as well as rural development and food and nutrition security, as well as the promotion of the women’s rights and gender equality.
On Tuesday the visit officially began. The Queen kicked off the day by visiting the Technical Cooperation Office of the AECID, where she met the Spanish and international cooperation actors. The purpose of this meeting was to see at firsthand the work of the Spanish Cooperation in Senegal.
Her Majesty then headed to the University of Dakar where she had a meeting with the rector and other academic authorities. She also spoke with several teachers and students who teach and learn, respectively, the Spanish language. The Queen was also informed on the Aula Cervantes, a classroom which has been created to perform a wide range of outdoor cultural events. The Cervantes Institute was founded with an agreement between the UCAD and the Cervantes Institute. Therefore, the Queen could not miss out on a bit of culture during her trip. She visited the exhibition of the first edition of the “Africa Art Box”, a digital art contest.
Then the Queen met again with the First Lady of Senegal, Marième Faye to have lunch together at the Terrou-Bi Hotel. The First Lady of Senegal later joined the Queen on her visit to the Red Cross headquarters of Senegal. The Queen learned more about a project that aims reduce the vulnerability of women and girls and promote their empowerment. The project is co-financed by the Spanish Red Cross. Then it was time for the ladies to say goodbye as Queen Letizia continued her trip on her own.
In the evening, the Queen met with Spanish residents in Senegal at the Spanish Embassy in Dakar. There the Queen talked with members of the Spanish community linked to cooperation in the country. And with that meeting, Queen Letizia’s first day of her visit to Senegal concluded.
On Wednesday the Queen will fly to the city of Ziguinchor in the southern province of Casamance. There she’ll visit agroecological farms and learn more about a training Project of health agents on female genital mutilation.
On Thursday Her Majesty the Queen will fly back to Dakar to wrap up her visit.