Canada and Senegal established diplomatic relations in 1962. Canada has been represented in Senegal by the Canadian Embassy in Dakar since 1962. Senegal has maintained an embassy in Ottawa since 1975.
Canada's bilateral relations with Senegal are close and cover a wide range of activities. Senegal is an important partner for Canada within multilateral institutions, such as the Francophonie and the United Nations.
Several high-level visits in both countries have contributed to the development of bilateral relations. In October 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Senegal and met with President Macky Sall. The former Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, made an official visit to Senegal in 2010. In October 2011, Senegal welcomed a visit by the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.
Canada and Senegal maintain strong relations in the area of regional and international peace and security. The two countries have participated in many peacekeeping initiatives. Furthermore, the Senegalese Armed Forces are recipients under the Military Training and Cooperation Program of Canada’s Department of National Defence.
Canada has well-established trade relations with Senegal. Some 60 Canadian companies are active on the Senegalese market and Canadian investments in the mining sector are significant. In 2012, trade between Canada and Senegal was $38.223 million, of which $37.315 million was exports and $907,137 was imports from Senegal. Canada and Senegal signed a double taxation agreement in 2001 and a customs duty exemption agreement in 2004. Canada and Senegal signed letters of intent for a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and an Air Transport Agreement (ATA) during Prime Minister Harper’s visit in Dakar in 2012.
Canada is a long-standing development partner of Senegal and has invested, as part of Official Development Assistance, more than $1.2 billion since 1962. Under Canada's Aid Effectiveness Agenda, Senegal has been designated as one of the 20 countries of focus. Official Canadian aid disbursements in Senegal in 2011-2012 amounted to $77.98 million. This amount was allocated to the priority themes of children and youth and food security, and to cross-cutting sectors such as governance, the environment and gender equality.
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