DAKAR, March 22, 2022 – Today, World Bank Group President David Malpass was pleased to meet again with President Macky Sall of Senegal.
President Malpass thanked President Sall for his hospitality in Senegal and congratulated him for his leadership in hosting the World Water Forum and as Chair of the African Union (AU).
Noting their recent water op-ed, President Malpass and President Sall discussed the challenges and priorities for more rapid progress on addressing the water crisis, particularly in Africa.
President Malpass and President Sall discussed pandemic recovery and the challenges for Senegal and the region stemming from the war in Ukraine. President Malpass and President Sall also spoke on the importance of well-calibrated policies to protect the poor and vulnerable from energy and food price increases.
President Malpass highlighted Senegal’s importance to regional stability and discussed collaborative efforts across areas of mutual interest, including digital transformation and facilitating intra-regional trade.
President Malpass and President Sall also discussed the energy transition path and the importance of replacing heavy fuel oil with cleaner energy sources, including gas and renewables, which will also help reduce the cost of electricity and improve the financial sustainability of the sector.
President Malpass and President Sall addressed the root causes of conflict and paths to resilience in FCV states, including debt sustainability.
President Malpass also highlighted the close AU-WBG collaboration on vaccine financing through AVAT and thanked President Sall for his continued support of this important partnership.