ABOULAYE BALDE

16 January 1964, Dar Salam, Ziguinchor, Senegal

MP and Mayor of Ziguinchor

President of Union Centriste du Sénégal

 (Member party of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI))

Honorary Chairperson of the Association of Mayors of Senegal

State Inspector-General

PhD in Public Law (specialisation: Public Finances)

Former student of ENA of Paris (Class of Erasmus)

POLITICAL FUNCTIONS

  • AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL
  • President of UNION CENTRISTE DU SENEGAL since July 2012
  • Elected Member of the National Assembly of Senegal in 2007 and re-elected in 2012 and 2017
  • Elected Mayor of Ziguinchor in 2009 and re-elected in 2014
  • Chairperson of the Association of Mayors of Senegal (2009 – 2014)
  • Honorary Chairperson of the Association of Mayors of Senegal since 2014
  • Former Secretary General of the Ziguinchor Communal Section of the Parti Démocratique Sénégalais (Senegalese Democratic Party)
  • AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
  • Bureau member of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), Chairperson of the Decentralization and Local Democracy Committee since December 2014
  • Vice Chairperson of the Network of secondary cities in the UEMOA region
  • Secretary General of the Association of African cities for culture and heritage
  • Executive Committee Member of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) and Executive Bureau Member of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), 2009 to 2014
  • Former member of the Steering Committee of the Senegalese Democratic Party

STATE FUNCTIONS

  • Senior Minister of Mines, Industry, Agri-Industry and SMEs, September 2010 to March 2012
  • Senior Minister of Armed Forces, October 2009 to September 2010
  • Secretary General, Office of the President of the Republic of Senegal, 2001 to 2009
  • Executive Director, National Agency of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (ANOCI), 2004 to 2009
  • Desk Officer at the Office of the President of the Republic (Analysis and Orientation Unit), 1992 to 2000
  • Commissioner of Police and Head of the National Economic and Financial Affairs Brigade at the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), July 1991 to April 1992

OTHER FUNCTIONS

  • Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Société d’Aménagement de la Petite Côte (SAPCO), 2001 to 2005
  • Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Municipal Development Agency, 2010 to 2014
  • Member of the Board of Directors of AGETIP, 2010 to 2014
  • Appointed arbitrator at the Centre for mediation, conciliation and arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Dakar, 1998 to 2000
  • Expert-consultant of the United Nations Development Fund for Women for the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Senegal, 1997/1998
  • Lecturer at the National Police Academy of Senegal, 1996/1998
  • Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Dakar, 1996/1998

DOCTORAL STUDIES

May 1996: PhD in Public Law, specialization in Public Finances, University of Perpignan (France) Mention “Très honorable” avec félicitations du Jury (PhD with the highest honours/summa cum Laude)

Topic: “Public financial control in Senegal: Contribution to a theory of financial control in a developing country”.

UNIVERSITY STUDIES

Post-graduate studies at the Faculty of Law of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar

  • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies Spécial (special post-graduate diploma) in Teaching of Public Law (DEAS), 1992
  • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (post-graduate diploma) in General Public Law (DEAG), 1991
  • Master’s in Public Law (International relations), 1988
  • Bachelors in Public Law (International relations), 1987

SECONDARY EDUCATION

  • 1978-1984: Lycée Djignabo of Ziguinchor, Baccalaureat D (A’Levels), July 1984

OTHER DIPLOMAS

  • Diploma in Public Administration at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of France, Class of Erasmus, 2000
  • Certificate in International Crisis Management at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 1997
  • Commissioner of Police Diploma at the National Police Academy of Senegal, 1991

RESEARCH AND OTHER WORKS

  • July 1996: Presentation on “Local financial control in Senegal – Comparative study of regionalisation in France and Senegal”, Symposium organised by the universities of Dakar, Saint-Louis, Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV and Toulouse (contributions to a collective work published by CREDILA-UCAD, Dakar)
  • 4 May 1996: PhD dissertation in Public Law on “Public financial control in Senegal: Contribution to a theory of financial control in a developing country”. Mention “Très honorable” avec félicitations du Jury (PhD obtained with the highest honours/summa cum Laude). PhD dissertation published by the Presses Universitaires du Septentrion.
  • 1991-1992: Doctoral thesis on “Special Treasury Accounts in Senegal” to obtain a DEA in Teaching of Public Law
  • 1988-1989: Master’s thesis on “The Supreme Court of Senegal: organisation and functioning”

INTERNSHIPS

  • January-March 2000: ENA internship at the Prefecture of Savoie (France)
  • Report 1 – State of cross-border cooperation between the local governments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie in France and similar local institutions in the Italian departments of Piémont and Val d’Aoste on the one hand and local governments in Swiss border areas on the other hand.
  • Report 2 – The respective responsibilities of prefects and directors of regional hospital agencies in France (particularly in terms of health assistance, transport, control and alert, hospital equipment, hospital planning and management, development of regional health and social plans…).
  • May 2000: ENA internship in journalism at the daily newspaper Ouest France (Rennes)
  • March-July 2000: Collective work (ENA) to develop an administrative project on “The contribution of parity in social policies: the example of health insurance in France”

DECORATIONS

  • 2010: Commander of the International Order of Civil Defence
  • 2002:Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur of the French Republic
  • 1997: Silver medal of Mérite et Dévouement of the French Republic
  • 1998: Grand silver medal of French philanthropic merit

OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INITIATIVES

  • President of the Senegalese National Sailing Federation and of the Club Esprit du Sport
  • Active member of Dakar Université Club – Tennis Section
  • Founding member of the Cercle de Recherche-Action Concertée (CRAC), 1997
  • President for Senegal and Vice President of the Franco-African Cultural Association in the Languedoc-Roussillon region (Knowledge of Africa and Knowledge in Africa), 1997
  • President of the African association Cause-Commune Afrique for the establishment of good governance and combatting corruption, 1997/1998

LANGUAGES

French, English and African languages (Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka)

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