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Mali: Is Senegal the big ‘loser’ when it comes to Ecowas sanctions?

By Fatoumata Diallo, Joël Té-Léssia Assoko
Posted on Friday, 14 January 2022 18:00

Dakar Port, Senegal. DP World is aiming for a capacity of 1.5 million containers per year for the deepwater port of Ndayane. © Sylvain Cherkaoui for Jeune Afrique

Will Ecowas’ decision to suspend the goods trade and its financing - to and from Mali - end up hurting Senegal? And, by the same token, benefit Guinea and Mauritania? For now, everything remains uncertain.

“Ecowas wanted to strike hard with its sanctions. However, it is not in the interest of any state in the community for this situation to continue. The interdependence between Mali and the other countries in the zone means that closing land and sea borders – except for basic necessities – has a knock-on effect on neighbouring countries,” a senior bank executive in Mali told us, following the 9 January announcement that the West African heads of state had imposed several punitive measures against the Bamako regime.