*Public toilet in new airport Dakar-Diass, Senegal* :-))
So finally my 5 weeks in Senegal are over and I just made it back to Switzerland. When I left, a freezing cold period started, I came back and it was over. Nice timing, eh ?
Full success down there but I don't want to bore you with business stuff. I put on 5 kg, which is very unusual for me, and people just look puzzled when I tell them I've had to go to Africa in order to gain weight ;-)
They still think that the whole continent is poor and starving, just because all they know is some pics of hungry kids on World Vision commercials. "Terrorism" is no threat in Senegal, contrary to neighboring countries such as Mali or Cameroon, but the government has taken precautions, also in view of the fact that oil and gas productions will start to pay off in 2021, and hotels are built like crazy, because the new airport is 10 kms from the beach (quite convenient that my house is just being built in this area....)
The minister of Interior told us at a business dinner in his home that any sort of project will be considered and put up to competition, because there is a development program by the state at work which includes everything from factories to mining to tourism, security, health improvement, road redesigning etc., and that's where we're into as consultants.
So far, only the Chinese, Russians, Turks and Germans have figured the possibilities, and are slowly edging the old colons France out of the game, which is very welcomed by most of the population...
I tell you, you'll hear from Senegal in the future. Only thing is prices go up, and wages for the small existing organized work market don't go with it at the same pace......