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Senegal Business Report

General information
Source: The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency
15,020,945 (July 2018 est.)
$54.8 billion (2017 est.)

Most important sectors aremining, construction, tourism, fisheries and agriculture. Key exports are phosphate mining, fertilizer production, agricultural products and commercial fishing

GDP growth rate
7.2% (2017 est.)

Very high and accelerating from previous years

GDP (PPP) per capita
$3,500 (2017 est.)

Very low but medium within Africa

Local currency
Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)

The currency is shared among several African countries and is pegged to the Euro

Financial stability (Public debt)
48.3% of GDP (2017 est.)

Medium, though the fact that Senegal is assisted by the IMF in the implementation of its economic policies should give more comfort

1.3% (2017 est.)


French (official), Wolof, Pular, Jola, Mandinka, Serer, Soninke

Some English is spoken in Dakar

Corruption perception index (Source: Transparency International)

High level of corruption

Duties and tax
Source: PwC World Tax Summaries 2017-2018
10% VAT on tourism activities. Excise taxes apply that can be very steep: 10% private cars, 50% alcoholic beverages, 65% tobacco.
Corporate Tax
Withholding taxes may also apply to non-residents, as per the services delivered to Senegalese taxpayers.
0% to 20%
Other taxes are: statistical import charge (1%), Community solidarity levy (0.8%), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) levy (0.5%), Senegalese Shippers Council (COSEC) royalty (0.4%, only applicable on importation by sea).

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