Senegal

​​​​​​I. Country Profile

Country:​Republic of Senegal
Capital:Dakar
Head of State/ Government:Macky Sall (since 2 April 2012)
Head of Parliament:Moustapha Niasse (since 30 July 2012 re-elected on 11 October 2013 dan 14 October 2014)
Prime Minister:Mahammed Boun Abdallah​ Dionne  (since 8 July 2014 re-elected on 6 September 2017)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:Sidiki Kaba (since 7 September 2017)
Official Language:French
Religion:Islam (95,4%), Christian (4,2%), other religions (0,4%)
Independence Day:4 April 1960
Territory :192.530 Km²
Population:15.411.614 (World Bank, 2016)
Currency:

West African CFA (XOF)

XOF per USD : 617 (2017)

GDP (Nominal):USD 15,66 billion (World Bank, 2014)
GDP (Per Capita):USD 1.067,1 (World Bank, 2014)
Foreign Exchange Reserve:USD 387 million (includes golds) (World Bank, 2000)
Foreign Direct Investment:USD -277,9 million (World Bank, 2013)
Total Value of International Trade :USD 8,2 billion (World Bank, 2015) (deficit USD 3 billion)
GDP Growth:6,6 % (World Bank, 2016)
Strategic Industries:Fisheries, Tourism, Mining (Phosphate, Gold), Agriculture
Country Representative:

Indonesia:

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dakar

Senegal:

Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Tokyo


II. Bilateral Relations

  • ​Politics

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Senegal was officially opened on October 3, 1980. The Government of Indonesia and Senegal is currently processing the draft of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Establishment of Joint Commission between Indonesia and Senegal and draft of MoU on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passports holders.
  • Economy and Trade

In the economic field, based on data from the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, the value of trade between Indonesia and Senegal reached USD 81,9 million in 2016, a decrease of ​8.5% compared to 2015 (USD 89,4 million) with a surplus on the Indonesian side. The trend of total trade between the two countries during the period of 2012-2016 is 16.97%. Indonesia experienced a trade surplus of 31.07% from non-oil products. In addition, in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation as well as the South-South Cooperation, Government of Indonesia has granted five (5) hand tractors to the Government of Senegal in 2014.
  • Social-Culture

In the field of socio-culture, in the period 2012-2017, Indonesian Government has awarded scholarships to 8 (eight) Senegalese citizens through the scheme of Darmasiswa Scholarship and the Developing Country Partnership Scholarship (KNB). In 2017, there are 3 (three) Senegaleses admitted to Darmasiswa Scholarship. 

The Indonesian Embassy in Dakar has a program of Indonesian language (Bahasa) at ISM-Dakar. Currently, the Bahasa class is handled by one of the recipients of Indonesian scholarship named Dr. Daniel Bitty. He is currently the Director of the African-Asian Institute at ISM-Dakar. The Language Class program has been initiated since 2008 and continues to be held until present. At ISM-Dakar there are currently Indonesian Clubs composing mostly students from the Bahasa class.