In 2012, Macky Sall was elected President. In the presidential elections in February 2019, he received an absolute majority of the vote in the first round. Since the 2017 parliamentary elections, the governing coalition which he leads has had a strong majority in the national assembly.
Government policies focus on implementing a comprehensive programme for the country's economic and social development in the period up to 2035 (Plan Sénégal Emergent). Its key goals are economic stability, lower unemployment, a stronger private sector (with a special focus on fostering SMEs), and infrastructure development.
Senegal was one of the first countries to join the G20 Compact with Africa initiative. The country is making good progress on implementing the economic reforms which it has agreed with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), thus improving the business climate.
The Senegalese government pursues an active, stabilising foreign policy, both within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and within the African Union and the United Nations. Senegal has acted as a mediator in regional conflicts and is an important provider of troops for UN peace missions.