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Republic of Senegal
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Location  Africa
Capital  Dakar
Area  196,722 sq km
Population  15,020,945
"Water does not go sour for no reason"
(Proverb/Quote of the Week)

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  • Senegal became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 1 January 1995.[1]

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  • The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on 29 January 2016 presented Senegal with the 2016 Award for Excellence in recognition of the country’s progress in Malaria control between 2011 and 2015.[2]

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  • Senegal and Iran resumed their diplomatic relations on 6 February 2013 following the signing of a statement on the resumption of political ties between Tehran and Dakar on the sidelines of the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Senegal severed diplomatic relations with Iran in 2011.[3]

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  • Senegal and Mauritania signed an agreement on 9 February 2018, pledging to work together and split production from the giant cross-border Grand Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field being developed by Kosmos Energy and BP.

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  • Mame Madior Boye was the first female Prime Minister of Senegal. She was appointed as Prime Minister on March 3, 2001 by then President of Senegal Mr. Abdoulaye Wade.[4]

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  • Senegal banned tobacco advertising and smoking in public places as the national parliament passed the law unanimously on 14 March 2014.[5]

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  • Senegal was named as the tenth most attractive investment destination in Africa, according to the Africa Investment Index 2018 published by Quantum Global Research Lab.[6]

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  • Independence Day of Senegal. Senegal gained independence from France in 1960.

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  • The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries, including Senegal, announced on 15 April 2014. These competitively selected centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.[7]

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  • President of Senegal Macky Sall was appointed as a member of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Water on 21 April 2016.[8]

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  • Senegalese footballer Sadio Mané on 12 May 2019 won the English Premier League Golden Boot award with 22 goals representing Liverpool.

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  • Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura was appointed as the first ever female secretary-general of FIFA in a historic move on 13 May 2016.[9]

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  • Senegalese footballer Sadio Mane beat Robbie Fowler’s 21-year-old record for the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League when he struck three times in 2min 56 sec during his club Southampton’s 6-1 win over Aston Villa on 16 May 2015.

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  • Senegal has become the latest country in Africa to ban thin plastic bags to protect the environment, as first reported on 29 May 2015.

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  • Senegalese football team was ranked second in Africa in the FIFA ranking published on 7 June 2018 by securing the 27th position on the overall list just before the grand opening of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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  • Senegal’s Saloum Delta and its vestiges of more than two millennia of human occupation were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List on June 24, 2011.[10]

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  • Liverpool Football Club on 28 June 2016 completed the signing of Senegalese footballer Sadio Mane for $45m (£34m), which popularly dubbed him as the 'Africa's most expensive football player'.[11]

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  • Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes situated in the south east of Senegal were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List on June 29, 2012.[12]

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  • A record number of women were sworn in as legislators as Senegal’s new parliament was inaugurated on 30 July 2012. Sixty-four women now have seats in this West African country’s 150-member National Assembly, thanks to a law on gender parity passed in 2010.[13]

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  • Professor Salimata Wade of Senegal was awarded by the African Union for her award-winning work on malnutrition issues at the 11th anniversary ceremony of the Union on 9 September 2010.[14]

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  • Marieme Jamme of Senegal was named as the winner of the Young Goalkeeper Award at the 2017 UNICEF Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards for inspiring young girls through her IT initiatives.[15]

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  • Abdou Salam Diallo of Senegal was elected Chair of the Second Committee at the General Assembly of the United Nations on 1 October 2013. The Second Committee is one of six main committees at the General Assembly which deals with Economic and Financial matters.

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  • La Laiterie Du Berger is Senegal's only dairy processing company that sources and processes milk from semi-nomadic Fulani pastoralists living along the Senegal River was announced one of the winners at the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship presented by African Leadership Network.[16]

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  • Marieme Jamme of Senegal was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017 for her inspirational entrepreneurship.

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  • United Nations General Assembly on 15 October 2015 elected Senegal to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2016.

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  • Senegal was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October 2017 for a 3-year term starting on 1 January 2018.[17]

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  • Safi Faye, a Senegalese film director, was the first African woman to gain international recognition for a movie named Kaddu Beykat. The movie was released on October 20, 1976 and own prestigious international awards.[18]

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  • Senegal was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • Senegal opened a flagship new airport, Blaise Diagne International Airport, on 7 December 2017 with an ambition to become a west African regional hub with a capacity for three million passengers.

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  • Senegal football team have ended 2018 as the highest rated African nation, 23rd in the overall list, on the final FIFA world rankings of the year published on 20 December 2018.

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  • Senegal football team ended 2016 as the highest ranked African national team according to the December FIFA listing released on 22 December 2016.

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References


  1. http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org6_e.htm
  2. http://alma2030.org/sites/default/files/head_of_state_meeting/press_release_-_african_heads_of_state_celebrate_historic_progress_in_malaria_fight1.pdf
  3. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/02/07/287740/iran-senegal-resume-political-ties/
  4. http://www.s9.com/Biography/Boye-Mame-Madior
  5. http://www.sante.gouv.sn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2494:lassemblee-nationale-adopte-la-loi-anti-tabac-&catid=111:actualites&Itemid=797
  6. https://quantumglobalgroup.com/article/morocco-top-ranked-investment-destination-in-africa-for-2017/
  7. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/04/15/world-bank-centers-excellence-science-technology-education-africa
  8. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53747
  9. http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=5/news=fatma-samba-diouf-samoura-appointed-fifa-secretary-general-2790885.html
  10. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/768
  11. http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/225674-liverpool-complete-deal-for-sadio-mane
  12. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/898
  13. http://michigancitizen.com/breakthrough-for-women-in-senegals-national-assembly-p11511-78.htm
  14. http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Five-African-Women-Scientists-Honored-by-AU-102548929.html
  15. https://www.unicef.org/media/media_100910.html
  16. http://africaawards.com/2012-finalists/finalist-2
  17. http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22248
  18. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073223/