Reform partnership Creating jobs and fostering private investments

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. In addition, a more efficient administration is intended to support small informal-sector businesses as they transition to the formal sector.

Al Azhar Excellence Centre for Further Education in Mbao, Senegal

Al Azhar Excellence Centre for Further Education in Mbao, Senegal

Al Azhar Excellence Centre for Further Education in Mbao, 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, support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and vocational training.

In return, the BMZ is providing support to the reform programme through a range of measures:

  • Labour law: capacity building for labour inspection authorities
  • Land law: registration and recognition of land titles in accordance with local plans, improvement of procedures for data acquisition and data management (land register)
  • Support for SMEs: improving access to tailor-made financial services, establishment of a one-stop shop as a central point of contact for small business owners
  • Vocational training: advice on the design of the vocational training reform, alignment of training programmes with the needs of the private sector and society, support for business start-ups
  • Good governance: support for the modernisation of the administration, establishment of digital public services.

The progress made on implementing the agreed reforms is reviewed annually and influences the level of new commitments for programmes under the reform partnership.

New job opportunities

The reform partnership with Senegal is complemented by the Special Initiative “Decent Work for a Just Transition”. The purpose of the special initiative is to work with businesses in order to create new jobs and training opportunities so that young people in particular have better prospects for the future. Under the “Invest for Jobs” brand, the special initiative assists companies to invest in job creation; it also fosters the development of business relations between SMEs in Senegal and Europe, particularly Germany. The initiative also promotes attractive locations for business and growth sectors such as the food processing industry and the digital economy. It also provides support to universities, associations and chambers which work with German partners on developing practical training and degree courses.

In addition, a Technical Cooperation programme assists young adults in structurally weak regions to develop attractive occupational profiles and sustainable business models as a means of improving their future prospects in their home country. To date, more than 22,000 people have taken part in these measures.

Another project which is intended to create new job opportunities is a higher education programme which was launched in 2016 and is gradually being expanded to cover the vocational education sector as well. Efforts are under way to develop practice-oriented higher education programmes on renewable energy as well as demand-based continuing education programmes and to build students' business skills.

As at: 09/08/2022