Emerging Senegal Plan benefits from OECD analysis
On 17 December, President Macky Sall of Senegal presented phase 2 of the Emerging Senegal Plan, which covers the period of 2019-23. Senegal obtained donor pledges worth USD 14 billion. This is three times more than expected and more than twice as much as the first phase. The country benefitted from OECD expertise to set benchmarks and develop strategic priorities. Senegal is seeking to become an emerging country by 2035. For the past five years, the country recorded solid economic growth exceeding 6%. It has successfully doubled its energy production since 2011, and it is implementing major infrastructure projects to meet growing transportation needs through flagship projects such as the TER regional train. On the downside, youth unemployment remains endemic and nearly 50% of the population do not have health coverage. The goal of universal primary education has not yet been achieved. A recent OECD study identified three bottlenecks: the poor outcomes of the education system, a dysfunctional tax system and administration, and the administration’s lack of capacity to create change. The OECD’s multidimensional country review is part of an analytical series that aims to design policies that promote development in a holistic sense. Drawing on the first two volumes (initial evaluations and policy recommendations), the most recent report aims to support the government of Senegal to transform policy recommendations into an action plan. It provides a dashboard to monitor the implementation of reforms and establishes a set of indicators and targets to be achieved by 2035 in order to achieve the goals of the Emerging Senegal Plan. President Macky Sall acknowledged that the report reflects “Senegal’s reality” and says he is committed to making the necessary reforms.