At a meeting between employers, union and Government officials, held at the Foreign Ministry in Dakar last Friday (May 22) possible solutions to Senegal's unemployment problem were sought.
At a meeting between employers, union and Government officials, held at the Foreign Ministry in Dakar last Friday (May 22) possible solutions to Senegal's unemployment problem were sought. Four possible solutions were put forward.
M. Ousmane Camera, Minister of Public Affairs chaired the meeting and opened the debate. M. Cisse, director of Works, read a report on the problems of employment to delegates.
The four possible solutions offered were: "Senegalisation"; more emphasis on agriculture; birth-control; expatriation of young workers to France.
In Senegal there are 50,000 people unemployed out of a population of three and a half million. M. Alassane Sow, and influential trade unionist urged a re-orientation of Senegal's economy back to the agricultural sector and asked the Government to adopt a plan of systematic exploitation of the land. This, he said, would disperse the masses of unemployed - the "lumpen-proleteriat" - from the cities. The plan to have birth-control measures adopted - quite obviously only a long-term solution - was put forward by M. Dacomis, director of a factory. It was also proposed that the French-Senegalese convention be revised so as to allow unqualified workers to migrate to France; at present those wishing to work in France must enter the country illegally. But the solution considered the most important was the "Senegalisation", the replacement of foreign workers by Senegalese.