Republic of Senegal
The importance of bilateral relations to Brazil's relationship with the African continent is shown by the presence of a Brazilian representation in Senegalese soil in the 19th Century (Consulate in Dakar). Shortly after the independence of Senegal (1960), the Embassy of Brazil in Dakar was created – the first Brazilian Embassy in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Embassy of Senegal in Brazil was opened in 1963.
Relations have been strengthened over the last decade. Presidential meetings were held on the occasion of the Rio+20 Conference (2012), in Rio de Janeiro, and of the 3rd Africa–South America Summit (2013), in Malabo, in addition to a series of visits of foreign ministers in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
In March 2018, the Senegalese Prime Minister visited Brazil, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to represent his country at the 8th World Water Forum held in Brasília. On the occasion, he met with the Brazilian President. Senegal will host the next World Water Forum in 2021
Technical cooperation has been one of the central pillars of the bilateral relationship. Brazil and Senegal have partnerships in projects covering areas such as horticulture, dairy farming, rice production, manioc cultivation, family farming, biofuels, and fight against sickle cell anemia.
The rescheduling of Senegal’s debt to Brazil, concluded in 2013, enables Brazilian companies interested in operating in or exporting to Senegal to apply for export funding, thus offering new prospects for the intensification of bilateral exchanges.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
19th Century – Brazil establishes its Honorary Consulate in Dakar
1911 – The Honorary Consulate in Dakar is elevated to Carreer Consulate status
1961 – Brazil opens its Embassy in Dakar one year after the independence of Senegal
1963 – Senegal establishes its Embassy in Rio de Janeiro
1970 – Senegal moves its Embassy to Brasília
1972 – Brazilian Foreign Minister Gibson Barboza visits Senegal1995 – Senegal closes its Embassy in Brasília
1995 – Senegal closes its Embassy in Brasília
2001 – Reopening of the Embassy of Senegal in Brasília
2003 – The minister of Urban Development and Territorial Governance of Senegal visits Brazil
2004 – Brazil participates in the First Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora (CIAD), held in Dakar
2005 – Foreign Minister Cheikh Gadio visits Brazil
2005 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim visits Dakar
2005 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits Dakar
2006 – Presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Abdoulaye Wade meet in Salvador on the occasion of the Second Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora
2006 – Matilde Ribeiro, Minister of the Special Secretariat for Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR), visits Dakar
2007 – Visit of President Abdoulaye Wade to Brazil
2008 – Bilateral meeting of Presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Abdoulaye Wade on the sidelines of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly
2009 – Visit of President Wade to Brazil.
2009 – Visit of the Senegalese Minister of Culture to Brazil
2009 – Visit of the Minister of Culture Juca Ferreira to Dakar
2009 – The Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Affairs, Miguel Jorge, leads a business mission to Senegal
2010 – The 7th Meeting of the Brazil-Senegal Joint Committee is held
2010 – Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, Madické Niang, to Brazil
2010 – Visit of the Minister of the Armed Forces of Senegal, Abdoulaye Balde, to Brazil
2012 – President Macky Sall visits Brazil to take part in the Rio+20 Conference and meets with President Dilma Rousseff
2013 – President Dilma Rousseff meets with President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the Third Africa – South America Summit (ASA)
2013 – The 8th Meeting of the Brazil-Senegal Joint Committee is held
2018 – During the 8th World Water Forum, Prime Minister Mahammed Dionne and Foreign Minister Sidiki Kaba visit Brazil and meet with President Michel Temer