the new Saint-Louis International Airport was

The work, carried out by the Czech company Transcon Electronic Systems, lasted for two years. Amount: more than 23 billion CFA francs (just over 35 million euros). The new infrastructure should make it possible to support the economic development of the region, especially with regard to the exploitation of oil and gas.

as reported from Dakar, Charlotte Idrac

It is named after Ousmane Masseck Ndiaye, a former minister and former mayor of Saint-Louis. With a runway 2,450 meters long and 45 meters wide, the new airport echoes the past, with Aéropostales first direct flight between Toulouse and Saint Louis in 1927.

It should also make it possible to strengthen the city’s role in the future, according to President Macky Sall: “Saint-Louis is really meant to be a center of intensive activity with oil and gas exploitation, in addition to agriculture, fisheries, tourism and higher education production.”

A multi-airport reconstruction program This is the first step in a reconstruction program for Senegal’s regional airports – Matam, Ziguinchor and Kédougou – in cooperation with the Czech Republic, which has granted a credit facility of EUR 150 million. “We are confident that the modernization of this airport will contribute to the socio – economic development of the Saint-Louis region and create links with neighboring countries. This is the Czech Republic’s largest investment project in sub – Saharan Africa,” added Martin Tlapa, Czech Deputy Foreign Minister.

In Saint-Louis, the head of state also began work on a new hospital and inaugurated a dike to protect against coastal erosion. Ceremonies criticized by detractors by the head of state: they accuse him of “disguised propaganda” in the middle of the campaign for the election of the law on July 31.

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