Inauguration of the "Centre bavaroise - Réussir au Sénégal" in ThièsEnlarge image Minister of State of Bavaria, Dr. Beate Merk opening the “Bavarian Centre - Succeeding in Senegal” (Centre Bavarois - Réussir au Sénégal) in Thiès (© German Embassy Dakar)
A delegation from the Free State of Bavaria was in Senegal from 20 to 22 February 2018. The delegation was led by the Minister of State for European Affairs and International Relations of the State Chancellery of Bavaria, Dr. Beate Merk.
Dr. Beate Merk opened the "Centre Bavarois-Réussir au Sénégal" in Thiès on Wednesday 21 February, which builds the home of the Senegalese-German cooperation for job creation and future prospects.
This project is carried out by the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) and is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of the "Success in Senegal" programme, which is co-financed by the Free State of Bavaria. Its objective is to provide young adults with vocational training programmes in order to facilitate their access to the labour market and prepare them for professional independence. The State of Bavaria has selected the Republic of Senegal amongst four African countries for a special two-year programme to help open up career paths for young Senegalese people to improve their future prospects in their country.
Opening of the Bavarian House in Thiès (Senegal)
(© German Embassy Dakar)
As part ofthe programme in Thiès, the project "Réussir au Sénégal" has already initiated activities, especially in training as well as in search of opportunities and employment chances in the fields of sustainable agriculture, environment, agroecology and solar energy. A collaboration with a women's group is currently active in the processing of agricultural products and the manufacture of improved fireplaces. Initiatives are also being developed to finance start-ups.
The agenda in Thiès also included a visit to the DON BOSCO Vocational Training Centre of the Diocese of the city in order to give the delegation the chance to learn about the training course in solar technology which is co-financed by the GIZ.
At the end of her visit, the Minister of State will conduct bilateral talks with senior government officials on the topics of training and crafts as well as economic and financial issues.Enlarge image The Bishop of Thiès welcomes Minister of State Dr. Merk (© German Embassy Dakar)