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 inaugurated in 1963.
Relations have been strengthened over the last decade. President Dilma Rousseff and President Macky Sall have met on two occasions: in Rio de Janeiro, at the Rio+20 Conference (2012), and at the 3rd Africa – South America Summit (Malabo, 2013). In 2012, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, visited Senegal. In 2013, the Senegalese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mankeur Ndiaye, visited Brasília. In 2015, then Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira visited Dakar, when he held meetings with high authorities of Senegal.
Technical cooperation has been one of the central pillars in 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. Bilateral cooperation in social policies and food security is promising.
In addition, Senegal is one of the African countries to join the International More Food Program (PMAI), which provides for the supply of agricultural machinery and the provision of technical cooperation with a view to modernizing Senegalese agriculture.
The rescheduling of debt with Brazil, concluded in 2013, enables Brazilian companies interested in acting or in exporting to Senegal to plead financing to the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). Thus, new perspectives for the intensification of bilateral interchanges are now open.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
19th Century – Brazil establishes Honorary Consulate in Dakar
1911 – Honorary Consulate in Dakar is turned into Regular Consulate
1961 – Brazil opens its Embassy in Dakar one year after the independence of Senegal
1963 – Senegal installs its Embassy in Rio de Janeiro
1970 – Senegal transfers the Embassy to Brasília
1972 – Brazilian Foreign Minister, Gibson Barboza, visits Senegal
1995 – Senegal closes the Embassy in Brasília
2001 – Reopening of the Embassy of Senegal in Brasília
2003 – Visit of the Minister of Urban Development and Housing to Brazil
2004 – Brazil participates in the 1st Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora (CIAD), in Dakar
2005 – Foreign Minister Cheikh Gadio visits Brazil; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, visits Dakar; President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits Dakar
2006 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and President Abdoulaye Wade meet in Salvador at the occasion of the 2nd Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora; Minister Matilde Ribeiro, from the Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR), visits Dakar
2007 – Visit of President Abdoulaye Wade to Brazil
2008 – Bilateral meeting of the 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; visit of the Senegalese Minister of Culture to Brazil; visit of the Minister of Culture Juca Ferreira, to Dakar; the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Affairs, Miguel Jorge, leads business mission to Senegal
2010 – 7th Meeting of the Brazil-Senegal Joint Committee is held; Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs from Senegal, Madické Niang, to Brazil; Visit of the Minister of the Armed Forces of Senegal, Abdoulaye Balde to Brazil
2012 – President Sall visits Brazil to participate in the Rio+20 Conference and meets President Dilma Rousseff
2013 – President Dilma Rousseff meets President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the 3rd Africa – South America Summit (ASA)
2013 – 8th Meeting of the Brazil-Senegal Joint Committee is held
2013 – President Dilma Rousseff meets President Macky Sall on the sidelines of the 3rd Africa – South America Summit (ASA); visit of Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye to Brazil; 8th Meeting of the Brazil-Senegal Joint Committee is held
2015 – Minister Mauro Vieira visits Dakar, where he meets his Senegalese counterpart, Mankeur Ndiaye, and is welcomed by President Macky Sall and Prime Minister Mohamed Ben Abdallah Dionne. On the occasion, he opened the work of the first Brazil-Senegal Business Forum (September 2)