Deputy Chief of Mission Sandra Clark and Trade Minister Alioune Sarr attended the opening of ‘Mango Week,’ an important event organized by the Ministry of Commerce in partnership with USAID under the auspices of the U.S. Trade Africa initiative on May 31.
The key goal of Trade Africa, implemented by USAID in collaboration with other U.S. agencies, is to help enhancing access to the regional ECOWAS market. Clark said “That is why we are helping to bring Senegal together with all its regional partners for Mango Week as we build a unified approach to cultivating and marketing the mango across West Africa.”
In July 2015, Senegal and the U.S. signed a Partnership Agreement as part of the Trade Africa initiative. Through this agreement, the two countries are committed to the highest level of cooperation to promote trade and strengthen the business capacity of Senegalese state actors and the private sector to promote better trade policies and the more efficient integration of Senegal into international trade.
Sandra Clark reiterated the commitment of the United States and USAID to support programs that encourage intra-regional partnerships, improve West Africa’s business climate, and promote global competitiveness.