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Economic cooperation with Senegal

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Senegal is a partner country of German development cooperation.

In close consultation with the embassy, German institutions such as the German International Development Cooperation Agency (GIZhttp://giz.de and the Development Bank (KfWhttp://kfw.de are working to implement the Federal Government's cooperation objectives in Senegal.

Partnership to support reforms in Senegal

September 2019, Senegal and Germany entered into a reform partnership under the G20 - “Compact with Africa”- initiative. Development cooperation between the two countries has intensified considerably since then. Germany is committed to supporting Senegal in creating jobs, improving financing opportunities, promoting the formalisation of informal sector enterprises, improving the qualification of the workforce and pursuing a responsible economic policy.

The objective is to encourage structural reforms for a sustainable development of the Senegalese economy in order to promote private investment.

The main axes of this partnership are

  • Labour law and administration
  • Land law and land management
  • Promotion and access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)
  • The modernisation of vocational training

Renewable energy and energy efficiency

German development cooperation also supports Senegal in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The aim is to increase access to energy in rural areas and the introduction of a development model that guarantees sustainable energy production and supply. It supports Senegalese partners in the process of adopting a development model that minimises negative impacts on the climate and the environment and takes preventive measures against climate change. Particular attention is paid to higher education and vocational training in this sector.

Multisectoral cooperation

German development cooperation has also set up various projects with its Senegalese partners in key areas such as good governance, the fight against irregular migration, job creation, agriculture, cultural and creative industries and the fight against corruption.

As part of a programme to promote local development in Senegal, the Federal Foreign Office makes financial resources available to the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dakar each year for the financing of “micro-projects”.

German institutions like the political foundations: Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNS), Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS) and Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBS) as well as the Goethe-Institut are also very active in Senegal. Several regional projects in West Africa are managed from Dakar.

Covid-19: As part of the fight against Corona, Senegal received in 2020 emergency budgetary aid in the amount of 100 million euros to mitigate the negative economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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