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Senegal - Relations with U.S. (Notes)


U.S.-SENEGALESE RELATIONS
Senegal enjoys an excellent relationship with the United States. The Government of Senegal is known and respected for its able diplomats and has often supported the U.S. in the United Nations, including with troop contributions for peacekeeping activities. The United States maintains friendly relations with Senegal and provides considerable economic and technical assistance. About 300 Senegalese students come to the United States each year for study. President Diouf paid his first official visit to Washington, DC, in August 1983 and traveled several times to the U.S. thereafter. Senegal was President George W. Bush?s first stop in his July 2003 visit to Africa. In June 2001, President Wade met President Bush at the White House. Senegal hosted the Second African-African American Summit in 1995. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton began her trip to Africa in March 1997 with a visit to Senegal, and President Bill Clinton visited Senegal in 1998. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner visited Senegal in August 2001. Foreign Minister Gadio met Secretary of State Colin Powell in September and November 2001. Senegal took a strong position against terrorism in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the U.S., and in October 2001 hosted a conference establishing the African Pact Against Terrorism. On July 20, 2005, Secretary Rice attended the fourth annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum held in Dakar, Senegal. The 2005 Forum focused on increasing investment initiatives and facilitating economic and political development in Africa. In June 2006, Foreign Minister Gadio participated in the opening ceremony of the fifth AGOA forum, held in Washington, DC, together with Secretary Rice. Foreign Minister Gadio and Secretary Rice last met on March 23, 2007 to discuss major policy priorities for the two nations. In June 2007, First Lady Laura Bush visited Senegal as part of her trip to Africa.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) implements the U.S. Government's development assistance program. USAID's strategy focuses on promoting economic growth/private sector development by expanding microfinance and business development services and commercializing natural and non-traditional products; improving local delivery of services and sustainable use of resources; increasing use of decentralized health services; and improving middle school education, especially for girls. In addition, there is a conflict resolution and rehabilitation program to improve conditions for peace in Senegal's two southern regions known as the 'Casamance'. Total U.S. assistance for Senegal in FY 2006 was approximately $55.47 million, of which $44.41 million was for development assistance.

The Peace Corps program in Senegal has over 100 volunteers serving in agriculture, forestry, health, and small business development. The program currently has about 170 volunteers. The U.S. Embassy's Cultural Affairs Section administers the Fulbright, Humphrey, and International Visitor exchange programs. The Fulbright teacher, researcher, and lecturer programs are two-way exchanges, hence the section also supports American grantees in Senegal during their stay. In addition to exchanges, the section organizes numerous programs for the Senegalese public including U.S. speaker programs, fine arts programs, film festivals, and a book club. Finally, the section organizes an annual regional colloquium for American Studies professionals, journalists, and civic leaders from over 15 countries in Africa.

Principal U.S. Officials
Ambassador--vacant
Deputy Chief of Mission--Jay T. Smith
USAID Director--Kevin Mullally
Peace Corps Director--Malcolm Versel
Defense Attache--Major Mark Deets
Senior Regional Commercial Officer--Cynthia Griffin-Greene
Political Counselor--Roy Whitaker
Political Officer--Osman Tat
Economic Counselor--Wallace Bain
Public Affairs Officer--Claud R. Young
Consular Officer--Beth Payne
Management Counselor--Gary S. Mignano

The local address of the U.S. Embassy in Senegal is U.S. Embassy, B.P. 49, Ave. Jean XXIII, Dakar, Senegal.


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