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Third Senegal Economic Forum in Canada

May 12, 2017 @ 7:30 am - May 13, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

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About the Forum

Faits saillants du Troisième Forum Économique du Sénégal au Canada - 12 et 13 Mai 2017

Senegal Economic Forum in Canada is:

3rd edition
350 participants
156 B2B meetings
4 official delegations

After the first two editions, which have been very successful both in terms of level of participation and spin-offs, the Economic Office of the Embassy of Senegal in Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Council on Africa is pleased to invite you to the third edition of the Economic Forum From Senegal to Canada, scheduled for the 12th  and 13th  May 2017 in Montreal.

Placed under the theme: “Investment Opportunities for Canadian Businesses in Senegal”, this year’s edition aims to highlight the attractiveness of Senegal’s business climate in order to place our country at the heart of preferred destinations for Canadian investment.

Through us, several agreements have been signed between the Senegalese agency for the promotion of exports and Canadian structures, facilitating access to the Canadian market for Senegalese companies specializing in the export of products as well as personalized support for a one year period and the training of Senegalese trainers.

Results: Senegal’s annual exports to Canada increased from 1.3 in 2013 to $ 8.5 million in 2015 and our ambition is to multiply this figure by two in 2017.

The presence of Canadian investors in Senegal is steadily increasing with several trade missions conducted by the Chief of the Economic Office each year, the most recent of which this past October 2016 with thirteen Canadian companies.

This year’s theme is: Investment Opportunities for Canadian Businesses in Senegal. This forum will provide a networking opportunity for the third consecutive year between the public and private sectors in Canada to explore business opportunities in Senegal.

With the discovery of oil and gas off the coast of Senegal (Dakar and Saint-Louis), it is important to train Senegalese youth in the oil and gas trades so that they can seize these opportunities by 2019 and we want to build on Canadian expertise in this area.

We are confident that Canadian companies have the capacity to deliver their expertise in targeted areas such as: vocational training, agriculture, mining, energy, services, processing, etc.

As a reminder:

A double taxation agreement between Canada and Senegal has been in force since 2003. The two countries also signed an air transport agreement during Prime Minister Harper’s visit to Dakar in 2012. In addition, an agreement on the promotion and Foreign Investment Protection (FIPA) was signed in November 2014 in Dakar, on the sidelines of the Summit of La Francophonie, by Minister Paradis and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal.

This third edition of the Senegal Economic Forum in Canada will focus on the business opportunities to be captured in the context of the emerging Senegal Plan.

A strong delegation from Senegal, led by Minister Khoudia MBAYE and composed of ministers, directors-general and several private sector players from Senegal, will be traveling to Montreal to attend this event, which is successful year after year, take full advantage of being part of all the trade events in Canada.

Served at Hôtel Bonaventure

Opening Ceremony followed by Keynote Speaches 8h10 to 9h00, Friday May 12
Salon Bonaventure

Welcome address by His Excellency Ousmane PAYE, Ambassador of Senegal to Canada
Address by Mr. Denis CODERRE, Mayor of the City of Montréal
Address by the representative of the Quebec Government
Address by the representative of the Canadian Government
Address by the Head of the Senegalese Delegation 

Business opportunities in Senegal for Canadian companies, from 09h15 to 12h45, Salon Bonaventure

Addresses followed by Q&A
09h15 to 09h30 Business Environment by APIX
09h35 to 10h00 Presentation of the vision of the head of state for an emerging Senegal in 2035 and the mode of financing chosen by Senegal (Minister of Economy, Finance and Plan)
10h05 to 10h40 Presentation by the Minister in charge of PSE follow-up
10h45 to 11h10 Business opportunities in agriculture (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment)
11h15 to 11h45 Business opportunities in the  vocational training sector (Minister of Vocational Training, Crafts and Apprenticeship)
11h50 to 12h20 Business Opportunities in the Mining sector (Minister of Industry and Mines)
12h25 to 12h55 Business opportunities in the energy sector (Ministers of Energy and Renewable Energy)

Lunch-conference, 13h00 to 15h00, salon Outremont


Address by the Head of the Senegalese delegation
Presentation by Mr. Mountaga SY,  General Director, APIX
Presentation by FONSIS General Director
Presentation by Mr. Doudou KA, General Director, FONGIP

Presentation by MIFERSO
The need to have a direct airline Dakar Montreal by Minister Mamouna Ndoye Seck

Remarks by Mrs Lise Filiatrault, Canadian Ambassador to Senegal
Testimonials from Canadian companies in Senegal and accompaniement (Daniel Vezina, Trade Commissioner of Canada to Senegal and Younous Mehoubi, General Director of the Quebec bureau to Senegal) and videos from certain partners (IAMGOLD, and , Teranga GOLD)

Continuation of presentations Friday May 12 2017 from 15h30 to 18h00
Held in  SalonBonaventure

15h30-16h30: Continued professional training for the emplyability of Senegalese Youth (Minister of Professional training and Canadian partners)

16h35-17h30 Role of the ministry in charge of the follow-ups of the Plan Senegal Emergent followed by a networking cocktail

Bilateral Meetings Friday May 12 2017 from 15h20 to 18h00
Held in  Salons Frontenac, Longueuil, St-Michel, St-Pierre

Bilateral Meetings, Saturday May 13 from 9h30 to 12h30                        Held In Salons Frontenac, Longueuil, St-Michel, St-Pierre

Lunch only members CCAfrica and CORIM


Taxes and services not included. Limited access to lunch only. Please note that you will not be able to sign up for B2B meetings by choosing this option.

Lunch only non-members


Taxes and services not included. Limited access to lunch only. Please note that you will not be able to sign up for B2B meetings by choosing this option.

CCAfrica Members


Taxes and services not included. Full access to the conference and meetings in B2B



Taxes and services not included. Full access to the conference and meetings in B2B

Want to become a sponsor?

Many opportunities are available to you!

For more information, please contact Leonie Perron, Director of International Development and Events : leonie.perron@ccafrica.ca or 1-514-758-3011



May 12, 2017 @ 7:30 am
May 13, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
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Montreal, Quebec H5A 1E4 Canada
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