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Vol 55 No 8

Published 18th April 2014


Senegal

Man with a plan

A grand economic strategy is unlikely to help Macky Sall win popularity as well as revitalise the economy – some doubt it can do either

The latest development plan from President Macky Sall, the Plan Sénégal émergent (PSE), has won praise from leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and pledges worth US$4.5 billion from the donor Consultative Group, led by the World Bank and European Union (Vol 54 No 25, Sall struggles to stay on course). As with many of Sall’s problems, however, esteem from overseas does not translate into solutions at home. Additional pledges of support have come from China and Qatar but doubts remain about the success of a top-down, grand economic scheme and the methods the government will use to implement it.

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