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11 Sep 2013

Senegal: sixteen trade and institutional agreements signed

Jean-François Lisée, the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, met with Macky Sall, the President of Senegal, in Dakar during his mission to Africa. They discussed key issues facing the Francophonie as well as the next Summit, which will be held in Dakar in 2014. (photo Jean-Philip Bourgeois)

The first portion of the mission by Minister Lisée to Africa led to the signing of solid, promising trade and institutional partnership agreements during the stopover by the Québec delegation in Senegal. The delegation is composed of over one hundred people from the business, institutional and international cooperation communities as well as from civil society.

“The signing of these 16 agreements—and we expect others will be signed in the coming months—shows that Africa is wide open for business now,” said the Minister.

Assistance for exporting companies

The Minister also officially opened the first Expansion Québec office in Africa. The office will be tasked with providing assistance to Québec companies looking to set up operations in Senegal and Western Africa. Companies wishing to establish business partnerships will be able to count on:

  • Tailor-made sales assistance
  • Fully equipped work spaces

The Dakar office will be headed by Amadou Diallo, who was Senegal’s ambassador in Ottawa and who has lived in Québec for some 25 years. The choice of Mr. Diallo elicited numerous positive comments from Senegalese leaders.

Meetings with top officials

The Minister took advantage of his meeting with President Macky Sall to discuss key issues facing the Francophonie as well as the next Summit, which will be held in Dakar in 2014.

“We discussed a number of specific issues with President Sall regarding collaboration between Québec and Senegalese companies. We both expressed the desire to continue the discussions aimed at establishing a direct air link between Montréal and Dakar,” added Mr. Lisée.

Minister Lisée also held discussions with a number of top government officials, including Alioune Sarr, the Minister of Trade, Industry and the Informal Sector, as well as the President’s Delegate-General for the organization of the 15th Francophonie Summit.

Minister Lisée with employees of the first Presse café, which opened in Dakar in 2012. An agreement signed during the mission to Africa will see two new franchises open in Senegal. (photo Jean-Philip Bourgeois)

Summary of the 16 announcements (French only)
Export Québec – Senegal (French only)
Expansion Québec (French only)

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