More information about Senegal is available on the Senegal Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Senegal in 1960, following its independence from France and the dissolution of the Mali Federation. Senegal has had four presidents in its history, with power transferred peacefully between each administration. The country’s fourth and current president, Macky Sall, was elected in 2019.
Senegal is an important partner of the United States in promoting peace and security in Africa. The country shares many fundamental values and international goals with the United States, and it has set an example of democratic rule as well as ethnic and religious tolerance. Senegal is also a major contributor to regional peacekeeping operations. The main challenge Senegal faces is accelerating economic growth in order to create more opportunity for young people, who are the majority of the population.
U.S. Assistance to Senegal
U.S. assistance to Senegal seeks to increase agricultural productivity, improve health care, expand infrastructure, reform and modernize the energy sector, and strengthen basic education. Bilateral military cooperation bolsters the professionalism and capacity of the Senegalese Armed Forces.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The top three U.S. exports to Senegal are refined petroleum, petroleum products, and automobiles. Senegal’s top exports to the U.S. are fake hair, minerals, and synthetic fibers. Senegal is eligible for trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. In 2018, Senegal’s top exports to the United States were agricultural products, minerals, and synthetic hair. The two countries have signed a bilateral investment treaty. The United States also has a trade and investment framework agreement with the Economic Community of West African States, of which Senegal is a member.
Public Diplomacy Environment
Overall, the Senegalese public has a positive view of the United States and of Americans, although favorable perceptions have decreased in recent years. Senegalese media operate freely and many international press outlets have offices here. U.S. public diplomacy resources promote and strengthen a positive view of the United States and U.S. foreign policy, highlight awareness of U.S. assistance to Senegal, and empower marginalized groups, particularly youth and women. The nearly 1,000 Senegalese alumni of USG exchange programs include ministers, governors, top academics, and business leaders.
Senegal’s Membership in International Organizations
Senegal and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
Principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Senegal maintains an embassy in the United States at 2215 M St NW, Washington, DC (tel. (202) 234-0540).
More information about Senegal is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here: