Priority area Sustainable economic development Creating jobs and fostering the development of small businesses

The overarching goals of the Senegalese-German reform partnership are the creation of jobs, the development of the private sector and better training for the workforce. Assistance is also to be provided to informal-sector small-scale enterprises as they move to the formal sector.

Road stand in Dakar, Senegal

Road stand in Dakar, Senegal

Road stand in Dakar, Senegal

In order to attain these goals, Senegal made a commitment, as part of its partnership with Germany, to undertake reforms in the areas of labour law, land law, access to capital for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and vocational training.

In return, the BMZ is providing support to the reform programme through a large number of activities:

  • Labour law. Development of the new labour code, capacity building for labour inspection authorities.
  • Land law. Registration and recognition of land titles in accordance with municipal planning, improvement of procedures for data recording and management (land register).
  • Capital for SMEs. Improvement of SMEs' access to tailor-made financial services, establishment of a one-stop shop to serve as a central point of contact for owners of small businesses.
  • Vocational training. Advice on the design of the vocational training reform, efforts to bring training programmes into line with needs in the private sector and in society at large.

Every year, stock is taken of the progress made on implementing the reforms that have been agreed. New commitments for programmes under the reform partnership are made in light of that progress.