India-Senegal MoUs

Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, reached Senegal (West Africa), on June 2, 2022 and led delegation level talks with President of Senegal (H.E. Mr Macky Sall).

Highlights

  • During the talks, Vice President of India assured India’s continued commitment to Senegal, in a bid to support socio-economic development of Senegal by means of bilateral, regional and international frameworks.
  • Both sides signed three MoUs, to deepen bilateral partnership across various areas.

About the signed MoUs

  • First MoU is related to visa-free regime for Diplomatic and Official passport holders. This would help in strengthening the cooperation between both the countries by providing seamless travel of officials or diplomats.
  • Second MoU is related to renewal of Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for year 2022-26.
  • Third MoU is related to enhancing bilateral cooperation in youth matters.

India–Senegal relations

India and Senegal share a close and cordial relations since 1960, after Senegal gained independence from France. India has an embassy in Dakar since 1962 and Senegal in New Delhi. However, people to people relation are limited. Only some 300 individuals running businesses or involved in execution of projects being undertaken to Senegal under lines of credit provided by India. In the recent years trade and investment between both the countries have been increasing steadily. Both the countries share common values of democracy, development and secularism. Senegal supports India’s quest for membership in Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

India-Senegal Cultural Relations

Senegal is described as the most Indophile of West African nations. It is highly influenced by several Indian cultural institutions like Hindi cinema, concept of caste and outcastes. There exists several Indo-Senegalese film clibs and friendship societies. Indian music and cuisine are popular in Senegal. Senegalese singer Akon became a sensation in India.

Trade and Investment

India imports Phosphates and iron scrap from Senegal, while it exports food items, textiles, automobiles and pharmaceuticals. India is counted among Senegal’s top trade partners.  Senegal imports rolling stock from India, for its railways. India has invested in several sectors in Senegal, including textiles, manufacturing and chemicals.

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