Senegal. Diaspora and support's mechanism for enterprises
30-07-2020 | di COOPI

Senegal. Diaspora and support's mechanism for enterprises

On the 27th of June 2020, COOPI hosted the second webinar of the projectVivre et réussir chez moi - Local development and territorialisation of migration policies in Senegal” funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS). 54 representatives of associations and companies connected from Italy, Senegal, United States and Canada to attend the webinar that lasted 3 hours.

Participants discussed different topics to better the migration’s dynamics through productive investments. They analysed the support’s mechanisms for enterprises focusing on migrants’ companies.

Several experts (Mr. Abdou Karim Cisse, representative for the General Direction for Senegalese abroad; Mr. Pierre Sarr, responsible for an investment fund; Miss Lamine Toure, training consultant and professional banker; Mr Babacar Diouf, expert in entrepreneurship and youth training) introduced the entrepreneur ecosystem that was created by the Senegalese public sector and the support’s mechanism for the private sector. Moreover, COOPI presented its report on the promotion and investment activities realized thanks to its intervention.

The webinar was an opportunity to share personal experiences on issues such as investments and access to support’s mechanism. At the same time, experts’ intervention was useful to define an analysis on the available instruments, on the operating methods and on the approach of migrants based on their needs and on the implementation of their investment projects.

At the end of the webinar, participants identified strengths and weaknesses of the system identifying the relation between the government and the companies as the source of the issues in the development and the success of migrants’ enterprises.

Since 2004, COOPI has been working in the sector of migration in Senegal and Italy. With AICS we intervene with the aim of strengthening the socio-economic capital of migrants in Italy and in their regions of origin.

 We thank Amie Mar

The cover photo was taken during the first Round Table held in 2019.