March 22, 2018

The Senegal National Consultation on the Implementation of the Istanbul Program of Action (IPoA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held in Dakar on March 22, 2018. The Consultation was organised by LDC Watch in collaboration with its National Focal Point in Senegal, Association for Research and Cooperation in Support of Endogenous Development (ARCADE). It was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning as well as from the Ministry of Trade. More than 40 members of leading civil society organisations were also present. Speaking on the event, Mr. Demba Moussa Dembele, President of LDC Watch, shared his opinion on Plan Senegal Emergent, the general framework of economic and social policies in Senegal that have been in action since 2014. He said that the Government of Senegal has attempted to be in coherence with the objectives of the IPoA and the SDGs while implementing the Plan Senegal Emergent. He further examined how this was done in each of the eight priority areas of the IPoA and the targets of the SDGs. During the event, Ms. Henriete Faye, from ARCADE, also made a presentation on the Istanbul Program of Action (IPoA) and its synergy and coherence with the SDGs.

Mr. Mamadou Dia, who is in charge of LDCs at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, spoke on the government’s policies concerning the implementation of the Istanbul Program of Action. Dia went on to give statistics and details on what has been done by the government on health, agriculture and good governance. However, he accepted that there have been some failures and shortcomings in some critical areas, like social development, food security, education, and youth employment. He also agreed that Senegal may not achieve several objectives of the IPoA and therefore, it may not graduate before 2020. He said that a new round of talks will be held between the Senegalese government and the ECOSOC to assess the situation and determine whether Senegal could be eligible for graduation and when.

Mr. Bathie Ciss, from the Trade Ministry, took the floor to share policies undertaken by his Ministry, based on the IPoA objectives and the SDGs. He evoked the efforts made to help the private sector take advantage of the IPoA on trade issues, including the special measures to assist Small and Medium-Size Enterprises (SMEs) to get market access in the sub-region and beyond.