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Big companies in Senegal to provide own electricity

The Senegalese Minister of Mines, Industry and Agro-industry, Abdoulaye Baldé, on Saturday in Dakar, asked big companies in the country to provide their own electricity to enable Senegal resolve its energy crisis.

Speaking at the opening of the 11th edition of the general assembly of companies, based in Senegal, on the theme “What governance for an emerging economy?”, the minister said that such an initiative would enable the companies to provide their own electricity and leave the government-sourced power for the citizens and the small and medium-sized companies.

He urged other companies to emulate the Industries chimiques du Sénégal (ICS), KIRENE and the Company of Commercialisation of Cement (SOCOCIM) who are all running on their own power.

A spokesperson for the companies, Mbagnick Diop, indicated that the persistent power cuts in the country had heavily handicapped production.

The power situation, Diop said, has affected investments and efforts of develop Senegal

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