Kagame in Dakar for summit on Africa’s infrastructure development

On 2 February 2023 at 09:53

President Paul Kagame, on Wednesday 1st February 2023, arrived in Senegal to attend the second ‘Dakar Financing Summit for Africa’s Infrastructure Development’.

Upon arrival at Léopold S. Senghor International Airport, Kagame was received by his counterpart of Senegal, Macky Sall.

Rwanda’s Presidency has also revealed via Twitter handle that President Kagame also held talks with his counterpart on Wednesday evening.

This evening in Dakar at the Presidential Palace, President Macky Sall hosts President Kagame to a tête-à-tête discussion on regional, continental, and global affairs ahead of tomorrow’s 2nd Dakar Financing Summit for Africa’s Infrastructure Development,” reads the tweet.

The hybrid summit is slated to be officially opened on Thursday 2nd February at Abdou Diouf International Conference Center (CICAD).

It is co-organized by the African Union Development Agency and the Government of Senegal.

Among others, the summit aims to rally key stakeholders, including African governments, the private sector, development finance institutions, institutional investors, and development partners around the second PIDA Priority Action Plan (PIDA PAP 2).

The plan comprises 69 projects in the water, energy, ICT and transport sectors, with an investment value of US$160 billion, endorsed by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in 2021.

The Summit will feature presidential roundtables, panel discussions and boardroom sessions to discuss specific infrastructure projects.

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), Senegalese President Macky Sall, the current African Union chairperson are expected to be joined by several African leaders. They include Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, Niger President Mohamed Bazoum and Faure Gnassingbe, President of Togo.

PIDA is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordination Agency and the African Development Bank, which is PIDA executing agency.

The first Dakar Summit was hosted by President Sall in June 2014.

Kagame was welcomed by his counterpart of Senegal as he arrived in Dakar.
President Kagame and Macky Sall holding talks.
President Kagame was also hosted to a tête-à-tête discussion on regional, continental and global affairs.