U.S. Ambassador to Senegal James Zumwalt travelled to the regions of Kédougou, Tambacounda and Kaffrine, in late January.
During his visit, the ambassador visited several development projects financed by the U.S. government, paid courtesy calls to administrative and cultural leaders, and met with members of civil society.
After visiting the gold mines of Sabodala and the miners in Kharakhena, the ambassador commended the efforts of the Senegalese government to combat trafficking-in-persons. “Senegal is, unfortunately, a source, transit and destination country for the trafficking of children and women.” He noted that the Embassy works closely with Senegalese partners to address the root causes of the issue and end trafficking-in-persons.
Ambassador Zumwalt also met with the 28 Peace Corps Volunteers working in the region and in Tambacounda, he met with Senegalese “Alumni” from various U.S. government programs and they discussed their experiences and current projects.
The Ambassador finished his trip in the region of Kaffrine where he inaugurated a solar energy project at CEM Dioukoul Mbelbouk.