Senegal Country Profile

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Business Corruption in Senegal

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The Senegalese government under the rule of President Macky Sall has taken significant steps towards combating corruption and improving good governance, including the establishment of several anti-corruption agencies; for instance, the Ministry for the Promotion of Good Governance, the National Anticorruption Office, the National Commission on Restitution and Recovery of Ill-gotten Assets, and the Court of Repression of Economic and Financial Crime. The body of laws criminalising corruption is well-established in the country. Senegal has joined several international conventions, such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption

Corruption among lower-level public servants is common and petty corruption is a daily fact of life, according to the Bertelsmann Foundation 2014. Despite the comprehensive body of law criminalising corruption and several government initiatives, there are still significant deficits in terms of implementation. It is important for companies to keep in mind that corruption poses a great obstacle to doing business in Senegal. The freedom to set up a company is legally provided for, but poorly functioning public institutions and corruption hamper the process. Bribery and facilitation payments are commonly practised in Senegal representing a high risk to businesses. 

Detailed descriptions of the level of corruption in a number of sectors of the Senegalese economy are outlined in the profile’s Corruption Levels. For a more detailed analysis of the Senegalese government's anti-corruption activities, visit the Public Anti-Corruption Initiatives section. The Private Anti-Corruption Initiative section provides information on the country’s media environment as well as the civil society’s anti-corruption efforts.

Publication date: March 2014

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