Exchange of Notes concerning Grant Aid to Senegal
December 13, 2017
- On December 13, following the Japan-Senegal Summit Meeting held in Tokyo, an exchange of notes concerning three grant aid projects with a total value of 4.17 billion yen took place between Mr. Shigeru Omori, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Senegal, and H.E. Mr. Cheikh Niang, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Senegal to Japan, in the presence of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of Senegal.
- The overview of the grant aid projects is as follows:
(1) Support for stable electricity supply in Senegal
This project aims to realize stable electricity supply in eastern Dakar Region by upgrading and strengthening aging electricity supply facilities located in eastern Dakar Region and establishing an electrical distribution network in the surrounding region. As a result of implementing this project, the facilities concerned will newly distribute enough electricity to power approximately 110,000 households, thereby contributing to improving local residents’ lifestyles and economic activity in eastern Dakar Region.
Japan pledged to build quality infrastructure at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), which was held in August 2016, and this grant aid will realize that pledge.
(“The Project for Urgent Rehabilitation and Reinforcement of Energy Transport Network in the Region of Dakar” grant aid; grant amount of 2.934 billion yen)
(2) Support for food security in Senegal
Senegal is facing a chronic grain production shortfall as a result of changes in the amount of rainfall and other factors. With this grant aid, the Government of Japan will implement food assistance by providing approximately 6,000 tons of rice to Senegal, which is facing food shortages, for the purposes of improving food security and improving the state of nutrition in Senegal.
Japan pledged to promote food security in Africa at TICAD VI, which was held in August 2016, and this grant aid will realize that pledge.
(“The Food assistance Programme” grant aid; grant amount of 350 million yen)
(3) Support for training health personnel in Senegal
Strengthening the capabilities of nurses and midwives is an urgent issue in Senegal as Senegal’s maternal mortality ratio (the annual number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) is 315, sixty times as high as Japan’s ratio (2016, UNICEF). This project aims to strengthen the capabilities of nurses and midwives by improving the quality and quantity of their practice, which until now has been lacking, as a result of building a clinical practice wing and installing practice equipment at the National School of Sanitation and Social Development, Senegal’s sole health personnel training facility. This will contribute to reducing the maternal mortality ratio in Senegal.
Japan pledged to provide 500 million U.S. dollars of assistance in the health sector and contribute to training 120,000 health personnel over a five-year period at TICAD V, which was held in June 2013, and this grant aid will realize that pledge.
(“The Project for Construction of the Mother and Child Health Application Center of the National School of Sanitation and Social Development” grant aid; grant amount of 886 million yen) (The grant amount has changed to 886 million yen, from the grant amount of 644 million yen when the signing and exchange of notes took place on August 19, 2014)).
The Republic of Senegal covers an area of approximately 197,000 square kilometers (roughly half the area of Japan), and has a population of 15.41 million people and a gross national income (GNI) per capita of 950 U.S. dollars (World Bank, 2016).