Germany and Senegal: Bilateral relations

13.12.2022 - Article

Relations between Germany and Senegal are wide-ranging and friendly. Political exchange intensified in 2022, when Germany held the G7 Presidency and Senegal chaired the African Union.

Senegal is one of the partner countries in the Compact with Africa initiative, which was launched during the German G20 Presidency in 2017 and is aimed at promoting economic development on the African continent. Bilateral trade is worth around 214 million euro, with Germany exporting significantly more to Senegal than it imports from the country. A bilateral investment protection agreement has been in place since 1966. There is an EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dakar, while the Delegate Office of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana is also responsible for Senegal.

Bilateral development cooperation has been ongoing since Senegal attained independence in 1960. Senegal, as a reform partnership country, has been a privileged partner since 2019. In this way, Germany is supporting the Government’s endeavours towards reform in the areas of land law and labour law and is promoting vocational training in Senegal as well as financing for small and medium-sized enterprises. Support is also being given to vaccine production and the expansion of renewable energies.

The Goethe-Institut in Senegal celebrated its 40th anniversary in December 2018; with the construction of an architecturally interesting and innovative building, it will gain further prominence in Dakar’s cultural scene. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) maintains one lectorship in Senegal. German ranks fourth among the foreign languages taught in schools. The German political foundations have offices in Dakar. Town-twinning arrangements, school partnerships and partnerships between parishes and dioceses (Thiès) regularly bring together people from the two countries. Bridges are also forged between the two countries through sport, especially football and athletics. German engagement here includes donations of equipment and courses for Senegalese coaches in Germany.

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