The event was organized as a national replication of the global Green Economy Academy, held in 2014 at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy, following the same type of format.
Two years ago, 5 representatives from Senegal participated in the Green Economy Academy in Turin along with delegates from over 30 other countries. Today we are proud to have replicated this training and knowledge sharing experience to a national context."Dr. Amadou Lamine Diagne, Director of Partnerships and Green Funds at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Senegal)
Participants highlighted the important role that policy-oriented and solutions-focused research and training must play to inform the shift to a green and climate-resilient economy and society. Environmental and social entrepreneurs leading start-ups in waste management and recycling, forest management, and renewable energy, among others, stressed the need for better training and the provision of enterprise development services to enable motivated young Senegalese women and men to create and nurture innovative enterprises.
Speaking from the perspective of the Ministry of Labour, Ms Khadidiatou Ka Agne, from the Directorate general of employment and social protection, noted that the green economy is not an environmental issue, but rather a cross-sectoral agenda that should involve all relevant government departments in a coordinated manner.
Participants concluded the academy with the establishment of a national platform bringing together a dozen institutions including the national statistical agency, the Institute of Environmental Sciences, the Center for Economic Development Policy of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and ENDA Energy, with the aim to progressively integrate green economy learning content in their research and academic programmes.
Participants also agreed on further work with policy makers, to collectively formulate a national strategy on green economy, building on the green jobs components of a recently adopted national employment policy in 2015.
For more information on the PAGE programme in Senegal, please contact Moustapha Kamal Gueye