Oulimata Sarr, new Minister of the Economy

Oulimata Sarr new Minister of the Economy

This is one of the surprises of the new Senegalese government announced on Saturday September 17: the appointment of Oulimata Sarr to the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation, replacing Amadou Hott. This is the first time a woman has held this position in the country. A very strategic portfolio, against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, and a challenge for the one who was until now regional director of UN Women for West and Central Africa, without political anchoring.

With our correspondent in Dakar, Charlotte Idrac

When she went to Touba, for the Mouride festival of Grand Magal, we said to ourselves that it was no coincidence, that she was in the countryside says a former colleague from UN Women. Some 48 hours later, Oulimata Sarr entered the government.

She quickly rose through the ranks and really energized the organization », « it’s someone who moves the lines “, continues our interlocutor. ” Committed », « involved », « swing », « efficient “… Many people say to themselves “ admiring of his journey.

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After an early career in auditing at Ernst & Young, then a position as financial director of an airline in South Africa, Oulimata Sarr spent ten years at the International Finance Corporation, within the Bank group world, before joining the United Nations.

She comes from another planet. International institutions and state management are not the same world », Estimates for his part a skeptic, surprised that Oulimata Sarr has taken the plunge. ” Will it be able to bring new life, while this government has a limited lifespan, in view of the presidential election scheduled for February 2024 ? asks an observer.

The Minister of the Economy will in any case work closely with a man from the seraglio, but also new to the government: Mamadou Moustapha Ba, in charge of Finance and Budget.