Dakar, Senegal (26 April 2016) – The Federation’s Foreign Minister, is at the moment, working to deepen the Federation’s ties with key African countries in Dakar, Senegal. Honourable Mark Brantley since the start of his mandate has made engagement with the African continent a major foreign policy objective. This is driven by the need to expand the diplomatic footprint of the Federation on a continent that is on the rise and with which the Federation shares strong bonds of history and culture.

It is in this vein that Minister Brantley accepted the invitation to attend and participate in the Atlantic Strategy Group, a convening of 50 top political leaders, private sector officials and leading thinkers from across the wider Atlantic basin. The event is co-organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Institut PanAfricain de Stratégies and the OCP Policy Center.

While at the Atlantic Strategy Group meeting, the Foreign Minister will join Pedro Pires, former Prime Minister and President of Cabo Verde and Chair of the Institut PanAfrican des Stratégies, in a dedicated conversation to discuss the role and place of small island states in an evolving Atlantic space marked by south-south cooperation. The conversation will touch on climate change, energy, trade and investment, inclusive growth and security.

Taking advantage of being in Dakar, Minister Brantley will also meet with the Foreign Minister of Senegal, H.E Mankeur Ndiaye, with a view to formalising diplomatic relations to allow for the exploration of opportunities for tourism, people to people contact through a reciprocal visa waiver regime and commercial and cultural linkages.

During his visit to Dakar, the Minister used the opportunity to tour Goréee Island – a former slave trading outpost which strongly symbolises the long and profound history between West Africa and the Caribbean.

Minister Brantley is accompanied on this important trip by Eustace Wallace, Counsellor at the St. Kitts and Nevis High Commission in London.

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