Appointed at the head of the Delegation for rapid entrepreneurship, with the rank of Minister Delegate, Papa Amadou Sarr’s mission is to support Senegalese wishing to create their activity or to leave the informal sector. After three years of existence, the structure has aroused the interest of many countries in the sub-region.
Expected growth of 5.6 to 5.7% in 2021, granting of a loan by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), debt / gross domestic product (GDP) ratio close to the objectives set by international bodies, favorable assessment of the from the rating agencies: Senegal has withstood the economic crisis born from the Covid pandemic well and seems to be managing the current “rebound” well. Most analysts qualify its economy as “resilient” and welcome the efforts made. With, however, two caveats: job creation too slow to cope with the changing demographics of the country and still too much weight in the informal sector, with all the consequences that this implies for public finances.
It is largely to respond to this double challenge that the General Delegation for the Rapid Entrepreneurship of Women and Youth (DER / FJ) was created three years ago. For Young Africa, its general delegate, Papa Amadou Sarr, takes stock of its balance sheet and discusses the changes in direction to which the structure to help business creation has been forced to cope with the Covid period.
Jeune Afrique: How is Senegal’s economy doing after eighteen months of a global pandemic and the general disorganization that resulted from it?