Compétitivité des Entreprises et Gouvernance locale La France accorde 10 milliards de FCFA au Sénégal

 

Le Ministre de l'Economie, des Finances et du Plan, Monsieur Amadou BA et l’ambassadeur de la France, Monsieur Christophe BIGOT ont signé deux conventions de financement pour un montant de plus de 10 milliards de FCFA ce jeudi 26 janvier 2017. La première convention est relative au «Projet de renforcement de la compétitivité des entreprises pour développer l’emploi dans les zones de départ des migrants». La seconde concerne le «Projet d’appui à la gouvernance des institutions publiques nationales et locales (PAGIS)».

Le premier projet est une subvention d’un montant de 9,812 milliards FCFA destinée à pérenniser les activités du Programme de Mise à Niveau des entreprises sénégalaises initié depuis 2005 par le gouvernement du Sénégal selon le Ministre Amadou BA. L’objectif du projet est de renforcer la compétitivité des entreprises ciblées au Sénégal dans le cadre des ouvertures économiques en accroissant leur maîtrise des coûts énergétiques et de limiter leurs externalités négatives sur l’environnement naturel.

Il favorisera en outre l’extension de la couverture nationale du Programme de Mise à Niveau des Entreprises du Sénégal (PMNES) dans les régions les moins prospères. Ces régions qui sont aussi les principales zones de départ des migrants (Casamance - Vallée du Fleuve, de Louga à Matam - Sud-Est) ainsi que le déploiement de divers accompagnements, adaptés aux profils des entreprises de ces zones, en soutien à la croissance économique et à la création d’emplois locaux. Pour son Excellence Monsieur Christophe BIGOT «un développement plus équilibré des territoires passe nécessairement par la création d’emploi».

Le second projet intitulé « appui à la gouvernance des institutions publiques nationales et locales » bénéficie d’une subvention d’un montant de 334,562 millions de FCFA. Sa mise en œuvre permettra la poursuite de l’appui de la France aux administrations financières et économiques du Sénégal au niveau central, à travers le Fonds de Solidarité Prioritaire (FSP) de soutien. L’objectif de ce projet est tourné vers la décentralisation financière tout en focalisant ses activités sur des opérations de recensement, de renforcement de l’efficacité des contrôles fiscaux, de l’élargissement des assiettes fiscales mais également de renforcement des capacités des élus locaux et du personnel cadre des collectivités locales.

360 billion to finance new projects in 2017

Cooperation between Senegal and the World Bank is doing well. This is what emerges from the joint annual review of cooperation between Senegal and the World Bank held on 6 December 2016 in Dakar. It was co-chaired by Mr. Amadou Bâ, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Planning and Mrs. Louise J. Cord, Director of Operations of the World Bank in Senegal.

For example, the current amount of the World Bank's financial commitments is estimated at CFAF 595 billion, including $ 466 billion for 15 national projects and $ 130 billion for six regional projects.

Disbursement rates are around 45% for the former and 22% for the latter.

According to Mrs. Louise Cord, "an additional $ 360 billion is planned to finance new projects and will be approved before the end of June 2017". Which makes Senegal, according to her, "the biggest beneficiary of IDA's financial resources".

The Minister of the Economy, Finance and Planning, Mr. Amadou Bâ welcomed the World Bank's support to the Senegalese economy. It covers various sectors: transport, energy, sustainable development, water and sanitation, governance, human development, health, education etc.

Despite this improvement, some problems remain:

  • delays in procurement procedures related to the dual review of no objection notices by the DCMP and the World Bank. On this particular point a proposal has been made for the abolition of the dual review;
  • delays in issuing no-objection notices;
  • delays in mobilizing counterpart funds to projects;
  • delays in signing certain administrative acts related to land (transfer orders, etc.);
  • the numerous conditionalities linked to reforms whose delays have a negative impact on the disbursement of projects;
  • differences in remuneration in projects which translate into high staff mobility.

"These are some constraints that require sustained attention and whose lifting should contribute to increasing performance in the execution of projects," said the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Planning.

European Union puts on the table 132 million FCFA

The Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning, Mr. Amadou BA and the First Counselor of the European Union Mr. Clemens Schroeter proceeded this Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the launch of the project entitled "Coaching of the senior executives of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning ».

The overall objective of this workshop is to contribute to a good implementation of the reforms through a better appropriation by the agents of the department.

Specifically, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of top management in leadership and change management on the one hand and to define a strategy for setting up an internal coaching system for the accompaniment of managers on the other hand.

Funded up to CFAF 132 million, the project will enable the training of 51 senior executives who will be coached in leadership, management and change management as part of the implementation of WAEMU reforms. It lasts for 6 months.

"This project will provide us with tools to help us improve the performance of our administration and strengthen the strategic position of our department in the design, piloting and implementation of national policies and programs," said Minister.

According to the First Counselor of the European Union, Mr Schroeter "the aim of the support is to accompany the Ministry in its ambition to establish itself as a strategic ministry for the emergence of Senegal through better appropriation of reforms by the agents of the department ".

The EIB puts an envelope of 49 billion FCFA in for the State

The Minister of the Economy, Finance and Planning, Mr Amadou Bâ and the Head of the Division for Africa of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Mr Diederick Zambon, signed, on Thursday 24 November 2016, a financing agreement for the project to modernize electricity in Senegal.

With an amount of CFAF 49.2 billion, the project is aimed at the densification and expansion of our electricity transmission network, the modernization of electricity distribution facilities and equipment. To this must be added the connection of some 144,000 new clients in the urban and peri-urban areas of Dakar, Kolda, Dabo and Velingara (south of the country); The installation of at least 450,000 prepaid meters and 30,000 smart meters, the financing of private domestic installations for the benefit of 25,000 low-income households.

The project also concerns the connection of isolated networks.

According to Diederick Zambon, "this project will improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply in Senegal and at the same time it contributes to the objectives of the Emergent Senegal Plan (PSE)".

The Minister for the Economy, Finance and Planning considers that "modernizing our electricity distribution network will significantly increase the competitiveness of our companies and stimulate our economic growth".

In addition he says "it will foster the creation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and thus generate many jobs especially for young people and women, particularly in the processing and agribusiness ".

As a reminder, the project is co-financed by the European Union, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.

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