Presentation

Senegal is one of the most stable and industrialized countries in West Africa.

The country is a member of sub-regional organizations such as UEMOA (Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa), ECOWAS (Economic Community of the States of West Africa), the OHADA (Organization for Harmonization in Africa Business Law) and the OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organization).

General Information

President of the Republic of Senegal : His Exc. Mr. Macky Sall (elected in April 2012)

Nature of the state : Democratic Republic

Total population : 12,767,556 inhabitants

Capital : Dakar ; estimated population (2011) : 3,215,255 inhabitants Mayor : Khalifa Sall

Area : 196,722 km2

National languages : Wolof and French

Ethnic groups : Wolof (43%), Halpulaaren (24%), Serer (15%), Dioula (5%), Mandingo (4%)

Religion (estimated) : Islam (94%), Christianity (5 %) and Animism (1%).

Some Economic indicators

GDP : US$ 13.95 billion (2012) ; US$ 14.57 billion (projected 2013) Economic activity by sector : Value added (in % of GDP) :

Primary sector 17.8%. The main crops are groundnuts, cowpea, cassava, melons, millet, rice and corn. Fishing is also an important source of revenue.

Secondary sector : 23.7%. It is based primarily on the production of fertilizers and phosphoric acid exportd to India and peanut processing (oil and meal for livestock) and seafood.

Tertiary sector : 58.4%. This sector features, in particular, excellent telecommunications infrastructure, which favors investments in telecommunication services and Internet.

Employment by sector (% of total employment) : agriculture 33.7%, industry 14.8% ; services 36.1%.

Economic Partners around the world

Customers : France / Guinea / Mali / India / Switzerland Suppliers : China / France / Nigeria / Netherlands / United Kingdom

Public Holidays : Christmas, December 25 ; New Year’s Day, January 1 ; Birthday of Prophet Muhammad, January 14, 2013 ; Independence Day, 4 April ; Labour Day, 1 May ; Ramadan, 9 July to 7 August 2013 (the first and last days) ; Eid el Kebir, 15 October 2013, November 5, 2013 ; Ah Ashura, November 14, 2013.