The Brief: Senegal Becomes GPE’s First African Donor, Hilton Debuts in Cape Verde

Senegal becomes Global Partnership for Education's first African donor at GPE's Financing Conference. Hilton debuts in Cape Verde with beautiful new resort.

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Senegal Becomes Global Partnership for Education’s First African Donor

Co-hosted by President Macky Sall of Senegal, and France’s President Macron, this week’s GPE Financing Conference was possibly the “highest-level education financing event of its kind”.

With a combined number of thirteen current and former heads of state, and in excess of sixty ministers in attendance, the conference received over 1200 participants and saw donor countries pledge USD 2.3 billion in financing to GPE – a huge increase on the USD 1.3 billion pledged over the last three years.

The conference served to showcase the global political community’s desire to provide every child with access to education.

“The unprecedented support today means that the Global Partnership for Education can continue to focus on the most excluded and vulnerable children and work to extend assistance to up to 89 countries, which are home to 870 million children and 78 percent of the world’s out-of-school children,” said Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education.

Established in 2002, the GPE works as a partnership and funding platform with the goal of strengthening education systems in developing countries.

This year’s Financing Conference saw the UAE joining the GPE as its first Arab donor, and Senegal becoming its first African donor. China was also in attendance for the first time.

Hilton Marks Opening of Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort

Hilton has announced its debut in Cape Verde with the official opening of a beautiful new resort on the Island of Sal.

Speaking at the event, Jan van der Putten, Area VP of Operations for Africa and Indian Ocean said: “Cape Verde is a fast-growing tourism destination that offers amazing weather year-round, a rich culture and pristine beaches, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to Sal with our world-renowned Hilton service and hospitality. We have an incredible product here and we expect to drive great business and opportunity to the hotel and to Cape Verde as we look to expand in the country.”

Jan was joined at the opening ceremony by the country’s Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia, Justice Minster Janine Lelis, Hilton’s President for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Rudi Jagersbacher, and a host of other dignitaries.

“Hilton Cape Verde Sal Resort is a world-class destination resort that caters to the increasing demand for next level hospitality in Cape Verde,” said Alejandro Casamor, General Manager. “With a beach club, flexible meeting space and a host of other facilities, Hilton Cape Verde Sal Resort is poised to become the preferred choice for travelers visiting the country.”