Australia–Senegal relations

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Australia–Senegal relations
Map indicating locations of Australia and Senegal


Monthly value of Australian merchandise exports to Senegal (A$ millions) since 1988[1]

Australia–Senegal relations refer to bilateral relations between Australia and Senegal.


Until 2004 Australia's High Commissioner to Nigeria was accredited to Senegal (along with Ghana and the Gambia).[2] Bob Whitty held this position from January 2001, followed by Iain Cameron Dickie from February 2004.[2] In 2004 an Australian High Commission was opened in Ghana,[3] and the High Commissioner was accredited to Senegal (along with Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and Togo).[4] Jonathan Richardson was the first High Commissioner in this role,[3] then William Williams held the position until February 2012, when he was replaced by Joanna Adamson.[4]

Senegal's ambassadors accredited to Australia have included Ahmed Tijane Kane in 1985,[5] Mady Ndao in 1989.[6]

It was announced in May 2012 that Australia would establish an embassy in Dakar, Senegal,[7] which would be the first Australian embassy in a French-speaking African nation.[8] This promise helped to deliver African votes for Australia to obtain a seat on the United Nations Security Council in October 2012.[9] In May 2013, the promise was indefinitely delayed due to budget cuts at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the Gillard Government.[9]


Senegal's 2003 mining code is based on those of Australia and Canada.[10] Senegal's Director of Mines and Geology actively promotes Australian mining investment.[11] Several mining companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange including BHP Billiton,[12] Mineral Deposits Limited,[13] Bassari Resources,[11] Erin Resources,[10] and First Australian Resources (partnered with Petrosen, Senegal's national oil company),[14][15] have projects in Senegal, primarily mining gold, mineral sands,[16] and oil and gas.[14]

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013, ‘Senegal - Merchandise Exports, Country and Country Groups, FOB Value’, table 14a, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, cat. no. 5368.0, ABS, Canberra, December, column 191.
  2. ^ a b "Australia names new envoy to Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia". BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific. BBC Worldwide Limited. 12 February 2004. 
  3. ^ a b Downer, Alexander (30 June 2004). "New Australian High Commission in Ghana". Minister for Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "New Aussie ambassadors for Ghana, Croatia". AAP Bulletin Wire. Australian Associated Press Pty Limited. 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Senegal acts to help itself The Ambassadors". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 9 October 1985. p. 17. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Vice-Regal". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 16 August 1989. p. 8. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-05-09). "Opening of new Embassy in Senegal, media release, 9 May 2012, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Senegal embassy will be hub for Australia". The Australian. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Flitton, Daniel (13 May 2013). "Senegal embassy promise goes sour". The Age. 
  10. ^ a b "Erin Resources: Bouroubourou projects, Senegal". AAP Finance News Wire. Australian Associated Press Pty Limited. 30 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Andrews, Mark (October 2011). "Senegal opens door to Australian investors". Australia's Paydirt. 1 (188): 86. 
  12. ^ "Barrick among recipients of gold permits in Senegal". National Post. Canada: Infomart, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. 26 March 1999. 
  13. ^ "Senegal: President Wade Inaugurates Gold Mine in South East". AFP (World Service). Agence France Presse. 4 June 2009. 
  14. ^ a b Chambers, Matt (2 August 2013). "ConocoPhillips signs on to FAR Senegal offshore drill". The Australian. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Shell says not to move on FAR's Senegal oil project". AAP Finance News Wire. Australian Associated Press Pty Limited. 24 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "Australia to establish embassy in Senegal; Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Australia is establishing its first embassy in French-speaking West Africa". ABC Premium News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 May 2012.