Canada - Senegal Relations
Canada and Senegal established diplomatic relations in 1962. Since then, Canada has been represented in Senegal by the Embassy of Canada in Dakar. Senegal has maintained a diplomatic presence in Canada since 1975, through its embassy in Ottawa.
Canada's bilateral relations with Senegal are strong and wide-ranging. Senegal is a major partner for Canada within multilateral institutions, such as the Francophonie and the United Nations.
Many high-level visits in both countries have contributed to the development of the relationship. Prime Minister Stephen Harper went to Senegal for the Francophonie Summit, in November 2014. Prime Minister Harper was accompanied by Francophonie and International Development Minister Christian Paradis and by Minister of Heritage Canada, Shelly Glover. In November 2013, Christian Paradis, Minister for International Development and La Francophonie, visited Senegal. In October 2012, during a working visit, the Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with President Macky Sall. Senegal hosted the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association in October 2011. Then-Governor General Michaëlle Jean, paid a state visit to Senegal in 2010. Michaëlle Jean was elected Secretary General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in Dakar, in November 2014.
Canada and Senegal work closely together to promote regional peace and security. Both countries have participated in numerous peacekeeping initiatives. Furthermore, Senegal’s armed forces are beneficiaries under the Military Training and Cooperation Program of Canada’s Department of National Defence.
Canada and Senegal have well-established commercial relations. Canada’s 2013 Global Markets Action Plan designated Senegal as “an emerging market offering specific opportunities for Canadian business,” one of twelve such sub-Saharan countries of focus.
The first edition of the Senegal economic forum, held in Montréal on April 14, 2015, shone a spotlight on the business and investment opportunities that exist in that country. More than 100 Canadian institutions and stakeholders, including 60 businesses, were already operating on the Senegalese market in 2014. Trade between Canada and Senegal was worth $44.5 million in 2014, with nearly $41.5 million in exports to Senegal and $3 million in imports from that country.
A double taxation agreement between Canada and Senegal has been in effect since 2003. The two countries also signed an air transport agreement during Prime Minister Harper’s visit to Dakar in 2012. Furthermore, Minister Paradis and Senegal’s Foreign Affairs Minister signed a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) in November 2014 in Dakar, on the margins of the Francophonie Summit.
Canada has long been Senegal’s partner in reducing poverty and stimulating sustainable and inclusive economic growth that will benefit all of Senegal’s people. For more information on Canada’s bilateral development assistance in Senegal, please refer to the main development assistance page for Senegal.
In 2014–2015, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives program funded 13 projects in Senegal worth a total of $215,800. The projects, which received funding ranging from $7,000 to $36,000, focused on four of Canada’s funding priority themes: (1) respect for human rights; (2) preventing sexual violence and child, early and forced marriage; (3) expanded democratic participation, especially by women and minority groups; and (4) combating the destabilizing impact of crime and corruption. In addition, two projects were funded in response to the urgent situation created by the Ebola epidemic in affected countries in the sub-region.
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