Investment in Senegal unaffected by Ebola


The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Senegal Ebola-free on Friday after 42 days of no new cases of the virus which, according to the World Bank, has cost the West African region around 32 billion dollars.

“We have noticed [that] first time investors, people who have never been to Senegal, when we talk to them about investment opportunities they raised the issue and some of them delayed their visit to Senegal,” Amadou Hott, chief executive officer of Fonsis SA, told CNBC Africa.

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“But you know those are really people who are exploring and not those who have made the decision to invest in Senegal.”

Hott added that with clearance from the WHO, the country is moving forward and doesn’t feel that investors, who are serious about Africa, will pull out.

Since the Ebola outbreak in March, over 9,000 cases of the virus have been recorded and many countries have taken precautions such as screening passengers at airports with some countries, including Senegal, closing their borders.

“We decided to close the border at some point with the countries that have the disease especially Guinea, it was unfortunate but we had to make that decision,” Hott said.

Although Senegal has been deemed Ebola free, the country is situated in a location that makes it susceptible to more imported cases.

Hott said the country has been very cautions in its approach to dealing with the virus. There have been advertisements on television where members of the press and government have addressed the population in order to make them aware of the dangers of Ebola.

The Senegalese government is also keeping a close eye on the borders and has various quarantine units in the cities closest to those borders.

(READ MORE: Nigeria declared Ebola free after 42 days with no new cases – WHO)

Fellow West African nation, Nigeria was declared Ebola free by the WHO on Monday.