Davos, Switzerland, Senegal - The president of Bill Gates Foundation for Global Development, Christopher Elias, on Thursday expressed support for an ambitious development plan mooted by Senegalese president Macky Sall to be a basis for sustained growth and to fight poverty. Dubbed 'Plan Senegal Emergent' it was started in 2013 to develop sectors such as agriculture and industry and is aimed at attaining a growth rate of 7% for at least a decade.
Mr Elias, speaking at the end of a meeting with the Senegalese head of state on the fringes of the 44th edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said he considered the plan as one of the best ways for African states to achieve development.
'I have had talks with president Sall about Plan Senegal Emergent. I think that it is an excellent plan to develop Senegal and serve as an example for the whole of Africa,' Mr Elias said.
Welcoming the cooperation between the Foundation and Senegal on water, health and education, Mr Elias stated that it was not only exemplary, but was also intended to be implemented in other countries.