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Focus : Africa
Helping Indian companies do business with Africa
INDIA : India’s Trade with the African Region notched US$ 38.96 Billion in the year 2009-10 (DGCI&S provisional figures) constituting 8.37% share in India’s total trade. Trade with the region has grown at a CAGR of 18.10% from US$ 4.48 Billion in 1996-97.
AFRICA : 54 Countries, 1 billion people, US$ 1.01 Billion of trade. Imports worth US$ 468 billion include Mineral Fuels, Oils, Machinery, Vehicles including Boats, Ships, Aircrafts, Electronics & Electricals, Iron & Steel & Articles thereof, Cereals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Country at a Glance

Western Africa


Country Head
Prime minister Soulayemane Ndene Ndiaye


13,711,597(UN 2008)

$22.01 bn (2008 est.)

GDP Per Capita
$1,600 (2008 CIA est.)

Main Language




Senegal is situated at the western part of the continent of Africa with a total area of 196,722 sq km. The Land Boundaries stretches to nearly 2,640 km and the costal line stretches to nearly 531 km. Senegal is surrounded by Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania. The country is further subdivided into 14 regions which are Dakar, Diourbel, Fatick, Kaffrine, Kaolack, Kédougou, Kolda, Louga, Matam, Saint – Louis, Sédhiou,Tambacounda,Thiès and Ziguinchor region.
With its well-developed physical and social infrastructure and relatively well-diversified industrial base, Senegal is the economic hub of the region and the most visited country in West Africa. Services are the main contributor of GDP around 60% .

The Agriculture sector, primarily groundnut production is the core of the economy, supporting almost three-quarters of the economically active population and providing one fifth of the GDP.

The fishing industry is the largest source of foreign exchange earnings for the country which constitutes 30% of total merchandise exports and 2.4% to GDP. Most of the fishing is done traditionally, creating employment particularly for the rural population and for women, who are often involved in co-operatives. It is the second most important source of employment and accounts for 15% of the economically active population. Tourism is increasing as a source of foreign exchange earnings, although the fishing sector remains Senegal's chief earner of foreign exchange.

Mining accounts for less than 2% of GDP, but phosphates and derived products account for an estimated 16% of exports as on 2007. There are large-scale, good-quality iron ore deposits.

Sector Profiles/Investment Opportunities Detail


Agriculture is one of the foundations of the Senegal, the sector is a crucial economic and social key countries. While agriculture contributes only 15% of GDP, it provides employment to nearly 70% of the workforce in Senegal..........Read More



Senegal is situated in the western most area of African region. The country is an independent republic with a democratic government. The main products of exports are groundnuts and fish............Read More



Apex Bodies

Association des femmes d'affaires commerçantes

Centre international du commerce extérieur du Sénégal

Chambre de commerce, d'industrie et d'agriculture de Dakar

Direction du commerce extérieur - Ministère du commerce


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Trade Fairs



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Useful Information

Chambers of Industry

Chambers of Commerce, of industry and of farming of Dakar (Chambre de commerce, d'industrie et d'agriculture de Dakar):


Trade Point

Foundation Trade Point Senegal :

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Mauritius Times

Ile Mauricie

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