Senegal

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Coat of arms: is the heraldic device consisting of a shield charged with a lion on the left half and a baobab tree on the right, flanked by palm branches and topped with a five-pointed green star at the top.

Flag: is a tricolour consisting of three vertical green, yellow and red bands charged with a five-pointed green star at the centre.

 
  • Anthem: «Pincez Tous vos Koras, Frappez les Balafons» is the national anthem of Senegal. It was adopted in 1960.
  • Official languages: French. 
  • Geographical location: it is a country in West Africa. Senegal is bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest. Senegal also borders The Gambia, a country occupying a narrow sliver of land along the banks of the Gambia River, which separates Senegal's southern region of Casamance from the rest of the country. Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cape Verde. 
  • Administrative divisions: Senegal is subdivided into 14 regions.
  • ​​Capital: Dakar.
  • Governance: Senegal is a republic with a presidency; the president is elected every five years as of 2001, previously being seven years, by adult voters.Senegal has more than 80 political parties. The unicameral parliament consists of the National Assembly, which has 150 seats (a Senate was in place from 1999 to 2001 and 2007 to 2012). An independent judiciary also exists in Senegal. The nation's highest courts that deal with business issues are the constitutional council and the court of justice, members of which are named by the president.
  • Population: 13.3 million.
  • Currency: West African CFA franc.
  • GDP: $20.5 billion.
  • Time zone: GMT.
  • Telephone code: +221.
  • Barcode: 686.

 

Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Senegal

Senegal is an agrarian country with a highly developed mining industry. The main export items are phosphates, fertilizers, agricultural products and fish. The country's economy is based on the mining industry, construction industry, tourism, fishery and agriculture, which is the major source of employment in rural districts.

Nowadays, Senegal has a need for food products and imports crops (rice and wheat) as well as intermediate products (sugar, vegetable oil, milk in powder). High-income consumers has created a huge demand for manufactured products. Population increase (2.5%) and urban saturation (3.3%) will increase demand for food products.

In 2016, Senegal imported $5 billion worth of goods (a 1.87% increase as compared to 2015). France (17.9%), China (10%), Nigeria (8.7%), Spain (4.9%) and the Netherlands (4.5%) were the main countries, exporting their products to Senegal.

Senegal's Most Valuable Export Products in 2016:

  • Fish;
  • Peanuts;
  • Phosphates;
  • Cotton.

Senegal's Most Valuable Import Products in 2016:

  • Food products and beverages;
  • Machinery and equipment;
  • Fuel.

The main trade partners of the country are France, China, Mali, India, Switzerland, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Spain and the Netherlands.

In 2016, Belarus supplied $7.7191 million worth of goods to Senegal, which made up 53.6% against 2015. In 2016, Belarus started to supply goods of 1 commodity heading ($5.8 thousand) and halted to supply goods of 5 commodity headings ($1.6742 million).

The line of Belarusian products, supplied to Senegal, does not change. The products of 3 — 4 commodity headings have accounted for 90% of Belarusian total exports to this country for a long period of time.

Belarus mainly exported nitrogenous and potassic fertilizers, rods of non-alloy steel, which accounted for $7.7133 million or 99.9% in Belarusian total exports to Senegal in 2016. Exports of these products increased by 60.6% as compared to 2015.

Belarus's most valuable products, imported by Senegal

Commodity heading

Product

Exports, in thousand U.S. dollars

The share of Belarusian products in Senegalese imports, %

3102

Nitrogenous fertilizers

4570.7

0.091

3104

Potassic fertilizers

2351.9

0.047

7214

Rods of non-alloy steel

790.7

0.016

Belarus's most promising products to export to Senegal:

  • Milk concentrated and in powder, cheese, yogurt;
  • Sunflower oil;
  • Confectionery (candies, biscuits, marshmallow);
  • Wines, liqueurs;
  • Chlorine to purify water;
  • Building paints, varnishes;
  • Cosmetics, perfumes and toilet waters;
  • Constructional elements, plates, tubes, hoses of plastics;
  • Tubes, pipes, hoses of rubber;
  • Tyres;
  • Handbags, suitcases;
  • Napkins, towels of paper;
  • Stationery of paper and paperboard;
  • Carpets (prayer rugs);
  • Knitted clothing;
  • Corsetry;
  • Bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen;
  • Curtains, drapes;
  • Shawls;
  • Tarpaulins, awnings and sunblinds;
  • Women's wigs;
  • Sanitary ware;
  • Containers for compressed or liquefied gas;
  • Aluminium structures;
  • Tool kits for retail trade;
  • Switchboards;
  • Refrigerators, freezers;
  • Road construction and construction machinery;
  • Agricultural machinery and mowers;
  • Electrical transformers;
  • Uninterruptible power systems;
  • Accumulators;
  • Generators;
  • Power-driven pumps;
  • Microphones, loudspeakers, sound amplifiers;
  • Video recording apparatus;
  • Radio navigational aid apparatus;
  • Monitors and projectors;
  • Insulated wire, cables;
  • Optical fibre cables;
  • Motorcycles;
  • Instruments and apparatus;
  • Children's toys.

In 2016, Belarusian exports to Senegal decreased, because of recession in this country, caused by low oil prices.

 

This article has been prepared on the basis of information provided by the National Centre for Marketing and Price Study of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and taken from public sources. The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. In this regard, it may be useful for the companies, which have been working in Senegal for a long time, as well as for those, which are going to enter this market. Any questions, feedbacks and comments concerning this article are welcome. All of them will be fully considered and taken into account, if possible. If you have any information that may be interesting and useful for the visitors of this page, please write to us.

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