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Africa: Sustainable development, sustainable debt

An exceptional day of reflection designed by the Cercle des économistes and organized with the International Monetary Fund and the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme.

  • Objectives of this conference

– Identify economic policy strategies and options that can finance development needs while ensuring debt sustainability.

– Share the experiences of the different economic actors in order to bring out best practices.

  • A reflection led by very high-level speakers:

Alongside the members of the Circle of Economists, several African Heads of State and Government, Ministers, academics and economic decision-makers from four continents will participate in the Conference. Among them are :


H.E. Mr Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal

Fourth President of the Republic of Senegal, he took the oath sworn in  April 2, 2012 at the King Fahd Palace-Soleil Hotel. Macky Sall is committed to the world, to the country’s development and to ensuring transparency in the management of public affairs. He is committed to the renewal of Senegalese and continental politics.


Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF

A 66-year-old Bulgarian economist, she succeeded Christine Lagarde as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 1 October. Her career at the World Bank or the European Commission has given her several opportunities to work with the African continent.


Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Amina J. Mohammed, born on 27 June 1961, is a Nigerian woman politician who has been working in the field of development and environment for more than 30 years in both the public and private sectors.



Jean-Hervé Lorenzi, President of the Cercle des economistes

Passionate about the economic debate, he founded the Cercle des économistes in 1992.  A graduate in Law and Economic Sciences, he teaches for several years at the University of Paris-Dauphine. Author of numerous books, he is the holder of the “Demographic Transitions, Economic Transitions” Chair of the Risk Foundation and Editorial Director of the Risk Review.



  • The conference will include an inaugural session, six round tables and an exceptional closing session :
  1. Meeting development needs while controlling public debt
  2. Rely on the private sector to accelerate development
  3. Which priority infrastructures ?
  4. The public-private relationship
  5. Financial innovations for development
  6. How to implement the conditions of sustainable development?

The closing session will bring together the most senior leaders present, during which a summary document will be presented.


With the presence of:



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