One of the reasons the renowned musician Akon, a long-standing investor in Senegal and other African countries, wished to join forces with Samba Bathily to set up Solektra International and launch the Akon Lighting Africa initiative is Samba Bathily’s expertise in project finance.
Samba Bathily has devised all sorts of innovative solutions, firstly for the distribution of pharmaceutical products, then in the energy sector. He has a sharp business acumen across the range of financing sources – the standard and reciprocal loans, prefinancing schemes supported by annual repayments, export credit mechanisms and the subsidies granted by multilateral organizations. Today, considered as a thought leader and expert, he is approached for advice by businesses and governments to assess their needs to devise the most appropriate solution. ADS Consulting’s expertise in major projects doesn’t prevent Samba Bathily from focusing on the plight of small entrepreneurs who make up most of the local economic fabric. He helps them too by working with a small dedicated team, to provide microcredit solutions via an institution called Yiriwa.