The new President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC), Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, was installed on Tuesday 09 May 2023 in his position. He promised to give priority to “anticipation and prospection” at the head of this institution, with a view to making it a “place of receptacle and the development of innovative ideas” capable of informing the action of public decision-makers.
Abdoulaye Diallo, inspector of taxes and estates and several times minister since 2012, held the position of director of cabinet of the President of the Republic before being taken to the head of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC) on 24 April.
He replaces former Prime Minister Idrissa Seck, who resigned from the presidency of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, at the same time as his two party comrades, Yankhoba Diatara and Aly Saleh Diop, were leaving the government.
The new President of the EESC was installed on Tuesday by the second Vice-President of the EESC, Mody Guiro, in the presence of the Minister responsible for relations with the Institutions, Samba Sy.
“You can guess the honour that invaded me when I returned to this august institution of which I was the Secretary General from 2004 to 2007 at a time when it was called the Council of the Republic for Economic and Social Affairs (CRAES)”, Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, during his official installation in his new position.
He says he sees the Social and Environmental Economic Council as a place to develop and receive innovative ideas.” He therefore invites his advice to be “proactive and forward-looking in order to enable the institution to better play its role of monitoring and warning”, so that this institution can rise “to the expectations of the people”.
“We need to get out of the everyday to give priority to taking concrete initiatives and proposals that must be our credo,” suggested Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, calling on advisors to use the “partnerships with research centres and sister institutions around the world”.
According to Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, the current economic, political and environmental context «calls for this awareness».
He emphasized climate issues and land degradation, but also the need to think about “adapting the legal framework” in the face of the emergence of new professions.
“The task is daunting and immense, but far within our reach,” he said.
However, the President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council welcomed the “diversity” of the EESC, whose members come from different socio-professional backgrounds.
Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo also congratulated his predecessor Idrissa Seck for the «work done at the head of the EESC».
Representing the government, the Minister of Labour, Social Dialogue and Relations with Institutions, Samba Sy praised the “personal and professional qualities” of the new EESC President, presenting Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo as a “Completed State Clerk Model”.
He said that he was convinced that his “personal touch will bring some relief” to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.