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Haidar El Ali, leader of the Senegalese Green Party, FEDES, is the country's environment minister

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 Haidar El Ali (left) receiving a plaque to recognize his role in the development of the Global Greens Congress in Dakar, Senegal. The plaque is being presented by Frank Habineza, President of the Rwanda Democratic Green Party.

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I was just lugging my overweight suitcase into my loft when I had an update about Senegal. Haïdar El Ali, president of the Senegalese Green Party, FEDES, has been named minister of the environment under Macky Sall's new government.

You have to start thinking it does not get much better than this, right now.

The Global Greens chose Senegal for the first Global Congress to be held in Africa and the event came to an end on April 1. Haider was a constant presence at the two Congresses (Global Young Greens and Global Greens) and, whenever we had a press gathering, Haidar was in constant demand in the post-event scrums.

The night before we left Senegal, we had a 'thank you' dinner for the volunteers who had been instrumental to the success of the event - and we had it at Haidar's Oceanium location - a couple of thousand hectares right on the Senegalese coastline Oceaniumand just down the hill from the presidential palace. He runs his environmental campaigns from here, dressed in rough cotton shirts and outdoorsy clothing - I have an immediate thought about whether he even owns a suit, or will he keep his inimitable style as minister.

Haidar, as host of last night's event, was passing amongst the group having a chat here and there. The location of Oceanium is prime real estate and he has been offered millions of CFA (hundreds of thousands of Euros) to let people build houses on the space - and he has constantly refused the offers. If life were about making money, Haidar would have had that solved a while ago.

I had never met Haidar before the Congress - which makes me pretty much on par with the overwhelming majority of people who flew in from different corners of the world for the event. But everybody knew him, would point him out, would pay extra attention when he spoke. And we have dozens of photos of Haidar in a media scrum, giving out interviews to the national and international press. He will be a force in the new government - and it has to say something about President Macky Sall's intentions.

It will clearly offer exceptional opportunities for FEDES to gain more presence in the country.

Getting home to this news is rather special.

Comments

Anne Bland

About 5 years ago

This is absolutely fantastic news!

On my little pre-congress holiday, I met with local, non-green, people. Even though, they felt that the Green party, FEDES, is just a small party, they all had great respect for Haidar El Ali. He seems to be very well known throughout Senegal.

Anne

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Otto ter Haar

About 5 years ago

More then expected. Now he can join Youssou N'Dour in the cabinet. It shows that FEDES and Haidar el Ali are taken serious in Senegal.

Ximena Kaiser Morris

About 5 years ago

Toutes nos félicitations à Haidar et à la FEDES, au nom de la délégation suisse présente au Congrès des Verts mondiaux à Dakar, ainsi que des Verts suisses! 

Ximena Kaiser Morris, déléguée des Verts suisses

 

Danielle Cesaro...

About 5 years ago

J'ai visité encore quelque jours Sénégal et je me réjouis infiniment d'être venu à Dakar et de voir autant de Greens du Monde et je suis très heureuse que Ali Haidar est devenu Ministre!!!! Félicitations c'est la meilleures des choses pour le pays du Sénégal - a part du nouveua président qui a nomé des bonnes personnes....

A greenhorn at the Globalgreen congress - from Switzerland Greens with green heart 

RACINE JUNIOR B...

About 5 years ago

Sur HAIDAR je dis oui.Cette nomination vient à l'heure où on commençait à se poser des questions par rapport au devenir des formations naturelles des AP , de ces quelques reliques d’écosystèmes qu'on a du mal à gérer.
C'était vraiment désolant et effroyable de constater le niveau d'exploitation des ressources forestières et leur tendance vers la dégradation.
Maintenant aura t-il le temps de trouver les points d'équilibre et de mener les politiques de rupture qui s'impose...c'est tout ce qu'on lui souhaite car on connait l'homme.
Cependant je crois qu'il lui faudra une équipe de jeunes au niveau de son département : En France,c'est des jeunes avec une moyenne d'âge de 25 ans qui avaient en charge un ministère aussi stratégique que la défense nationale avec Elliot Marie.
Cette alternance générationnelle au profit de la gestion des ressources naturelles est une nécessite car les "mentalités"et les "convictions" divergent.

promotion website

About 5 years ago
www.dakar2012.org semble obtenir une bonne quantité de visiteurs. Comment pouvez-vous obtenir du trafic sur elle? Il offre un tour agréable unique sur les choses. Je suppose avoir quelque chose de réel ou substantiel de parler est la chose la plus importante.

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