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Measuring the pulse of Economic Transformation in West Africa
Facinet Sylla is a Senior Country Economist at AfDB, responsible for Burkina Faso and Niger. He previously covered Chad and Cameroon as a Country Economist and he covered Côte d’Ivoire and Togo in the role of economist responsible for fragility.
Before joining AfDB, Facinet Sylla worked in Conakry at the Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea for 14 years, where he held the position of Director of Research and International Relations.
Facinet Sylla has a Master's degree in Management and Public Administration from the State University Centre Antwerp (RUCA), a Master's from the Centre of Financial, Economic and Banking Studies (CEFEB) of the University of Paris I-Sorbonne in France, and a degree in Engineering from the National Higher School of Applied Statistics and Economics (ENSEA) at Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire.
In a recent blog post, we discussed the impacts of socioeconomic and terrorist events on the Burkinabe economy noting that “to answer the terrorist threat, current expenditure will soar.” However, this should not be done at the expense of development programs and capital spending in economic infrastructure. Indeed, after the socio-political events experienced by Burkina Faso, we advocate for an economic stimulus based on the quality and increase in public investment expenditure.
L'insurrection d’octobre 2014, suivie d’une transition politique émaillée de coups d’État et autres remous sociaux, ont eu de fortes répercussions sur l’économie burkinabè – et de plusieurs sortes.
Des journées de travail ont été perdues, le secteur informel a été durement touché et l’activité économique nocturne fortement perturbée par un couvre-feu qui a duré plus de cinq mois.
Niger is suffering considerable demographic and budgetary pressures. Its margin for manoeuvre to build itself through sustainable development is tight.