The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has officially opened a regional office in Dakar as a reward to the country for its political stability and progress on democracy.
The Foundation’s executive director for liaison with governments and institutions, Abdoulie Janneh, made the statement during a dinner Monday night held to formally launch the office.
“We have chosen to establish a head office here (Senegal) to encourage authorities for having held several successful transfers of power through credible elections,” Mr Janneh said.
Mr Janneh is a native of Gambia.
The Dakar office have been functioning since August 2013 but was officially opened on Monday.
Speaking at the function, Mr Janneh lauded the Senegalese government for mooting a blueprint that would make the country an emerging economy.
The blueprint will be submitted to international donors and financial experts on February 24 and 25 in Paris.
He said the projects and programs put in place by the Senegalese authorities to attain the ambition were “pragmatic and realistic and we look forward to evaluating Senegal on this”.
In 2013, the Foundation ranked Senegal ninth out of 52 African countries and third out of 15 countries in West Africa in terms of good governance.
Prior to his present position at the Foundation, Mr Janneh had serves as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa and worked in different capacities at the United Nations.