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Senegalese President Macky Sall

Senegalese President Macky Sall

Dakar- Four years passed since Macky Sall rose to power in Senegal. Those years were filled with challenges. President Sall worked to leave behind a mark in the history of a country which has only been acquainted with senior presidents. Among the Senegalese presidents were the poetic philosopher Léopold Sédar Senghor and the renowned politician Abdoulaye Wade.

President Sall’s first four years of presidency were significant in terms of being elected twice in a row chairing the NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development), and a president to the economic group of West Africa. Sall’s administration has also been elected as a nonpermanent member for the U.N. Security Council.

The success Senegal has accomplished over the past few years proves the farsighted vision of the West African country and its wisdom for decision making. Senegal today is not only a site attraction for investment, but also an exceptional module of democracy in Africa.

Sall is considered to be one of the most African Presidents who have gained the global community’s trust. His presence at the G20 summit and other international development conventions was significant. At all the events attended by Sall, he made sure to define his constant concern for Africa and continuous struggle to achieve sustainable development for the Dark Continent.

When dealing with counterterrorism, the President’s approach regards terrorism as a peril that threatens all countries and regions, and is not exclusive to a certain area. He confirms that what had happened in Syria massively affects regional security for West Africa, and Senegal specifically. In keeping with that explanation, Sall outlined the reasons behind Senegal being one of the most enthusiastic countries for an Islamic counterterrorism security mission which is realized by the Saudi-led 34-nation Islamic Military Alliance.

Sall did not hesitate and directly conferred with his countries’ parliament on dispatching 2 thousand soldiers to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Islamic alliance. The Senegalese Parliament

approval was not delayed, the country’s administration doesn’t think twice when the issue compromises Islamic sanctity in Mecca and Medina.

From the presidential palace in Dakar and in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, President Sall confirmed his deep appreciation of the great role Saudi Arabia is taking upon itself and is led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz for the stability of the Islamic world. Sall praised King Salman describing him as a decisive grounded generous man of great world impact, whether from an economic perspective, or the fact that he resides in the holy Islamic land of Saudi Arabia that includes Mecca.

When asked on the challenges facing Africa in general, President Sall said that it is only natural for nation’s leaders to face persistent challenges. Africa is trialed on different sides of spectrums, internal, external, security, stability, development and disease fighting. Presidency itself represents a continuous array of challenges, Sall stated.

Over the past few years, Senegal also worked on implementing a convenient atmosphere for investment to prosper. President Sall said that all international evaluation countries have responded positively on the new investment environment established.

President Sall also stated that the small investment by Arab and Gulf countries in Africa is regrettable. Sall encouraged Arab countries to take into account investing in the Dark Continent. He furtherer explained that Africa’s environment attracts economic opportunity.

Africa has a middle class population of 300 million. The figure represents a fair amount of those in need for both development and consumption, and thus comes the campaign for opportune Arab investment in Africa.