Peace Corps Youth Tech Contest Awards Ceremony – Place du Souvenir, Dakar

Remarks by Ambassador Mushingi
Peace Corps Youth Tech Contest Awards Ceremony
Place du Souvenir, Dakar
November 13, 2019

(As prepared)

 

Madame Aminata Assome Diatta, Ministre du Commerce et des Petites et moyennes entreprises,
Monsieur Idrissa Diabira, Directeur de l’Agence de Développement et d’Encadrement des PME (ADEPME),
Madame Cheryl Gregory Faye, Directrice Nationale du Corps de la Paix,
Monsieur Oumar Sane, Directeur de l’Agriculture,
Monsieur Samba Kante, Directeur de la Modernisation de l’Equipement Rural,
Monsieur le Représentant de la Direction de la Formation Professionnelle et Technique,
Monsieur Issa Dieye, Président de l’Union Nationale des Chambres de Métiers,
Monsieur le Représentant de l’Agence Nationale pour la Promotion de l’Emploi des Jeunes (ANPEJ),
Monsieur le Représentant de la Délégation Rapide de l’Entrepreneuriat des Jeunes et des Femmes,
Chers vainqueurs du concours Youth Tech Contest,
Distingués invités,

It is a pleasure for me to be here today at the awards ceremony for the winners of the 2019 Peace Corps Youth Tech Contest, organized by the United States Peace Corps and the Senegalese Agence de Développement et d’Encadrement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises.

This Youth Tech Contest aims to promote creativity and innovation among aspiring entrepreneurs and mobilize the talents of Senegalese youth in the design of new agribusiness equipment and systems. It will help to make technologies accessible to actors in the agricultural value chain, mainly in crop production and processing.

The U.S. Government supports the priorities of the Government of Senegal through projects and programs aimed at reducing poverty, and fostering economic growth while supporting human development and achieving sustainable development objectives.

The U.S. Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, Feed the Future, brings together partners from across the U.S. Government. In Senegal, Feed the Future, led by the USAID, has three main objectives: 1) harnessing agriculture for economic growth, 2) increasing resilience, and 3) improving nutrition.

Working with Feed the Future, Peace Corps Senegal has adopted an integrated approach to achieving food security by involving its Volunteers in achieving this common goal.

Peace Corps, an American agency, has more than 50 years of uninterrupted presence in Senegal since 1963. We work with the people of Senegal to build capacity and to strengthen the bonds of friendship that exist between our two countries. Currently, more than 200 American Volunteers are working across Senegal, continuing to build on the positive legacy of more than 4,000 volunteers who preceded them. Volunteers work in Agriculture, Agroforestry, Health and Community and Economic Development – each contributing to different aspects of food security. They seek to maximize the potential of young people to build their skills, knowledge and confidence so that they can contribute to Senegal’s economic growth.

Dear winners, congratulations for your innovative designs that we believe will improve agriculture production and processing for farmers and processors across this country.

To all the inventors, designers and students; we hope you are inspired by what you see today and encourage you to continue to innovate and create technology that will move Senegal forward.

We invite all our partners to join forces to support these talented youth in the development, marketing and promotion of their inventions.

Vive la Coopération entre le Peuple Américain et le Peuple Sénégalais

Thank you very much!