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PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 20: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Senegal President Macky Sall for a meeting at Elysee Palace on April 20, 2018 in Paris, France. Senegal President Macky Sall will talk about education and erosion in Senegal. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

France Pledges $156mn Support to Senegal

France has pledged $156 million financial support to Senegal towards improving the health, public finance, local development, education, water, electricity, and transport sectors.

According to a bilateral agreement signed on June 30 between the African country and the French Development Agency (AFD), part of the money will also be used to support small and medium-sized enterprises.

The fight against the coronavirus will also receive a support of $86.6 million, According to the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) has reported.

According ASP, part of the funding will be allocated to three other projects in the justice and waste management sectors, while grants will support projects in the digital and sports sectors in particular.

This funding comes at a time when the country has announced the lifting of its state of health emergency and a strengthening of the pandemic response structure through the recruitment of new health professionals in the coming months. A total of 6,793 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Senegal, resulting in 112 deaths and 4,431 recoveries.

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