Senegal Country Report
President Macky Sall's ruling coalition enjoyed a crushing victory in July 2017 legislative elections, taking three-quarters of seats as the opposition was weakened by a failure to unite. The result will likely ease scrutiny of preparations for a new Petroleum Code needed to capitalise on major oil and gas discoveries due to come on stream by 2021. The flagship Emerging Senegal Plan is bringing steady investment in infrastructure and agriculture projects, and a new Mining Code passed in late 2016 provides regulatory clarity to drive expansion in gold and iron ore concessions. Progress towards a final peace settlement in the long-running Casamance insurgency has been disrupted by the January 2018 killing of 14 young men by a group with likely militant links engaged in the illegallogging trade.
President Macky Sall's Emerging Senegal Plan is continuing to draw on diverse foreign investment, managed through public-private partnerships, to transform transport infrastructure and build a new industrial park at Diamniadio. The ruling BBY coalition is likely to compete with left-leaning rivals by acquiescing to union demands, especially in the public sector. Strikes are relatively frequent although they rarely last longer than 48-72 hours. Anti-corruption bodies have been granted wider powers and greater resources by President Sall, although he is increasingly accused of instrumentalising the judiciary to sideline political rivals.
Senegal is taking extremely seriously the probability of attacks by militants linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Soldiers have been deployed to key sites in the capital, Dakar, and specially trained anti-terrorist forces are on high alert, with additional threats to tourist sites outside the capital. The risk has increased with the formation of a new jihadist front in March 2017 of several Al-Qaeda-linked groups based mostly in neighbouring Mali. Casamance had been quiescent for many years as peace negotiations rumbled on, but a forest massacre has led to renewed travel warnings being issued.
Unlike his predecessors, President Macky Sall has made meaningful efforts to address the demands of the separatist Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC), which began its struggle for independence in 1982. These finally looked to be bearing fruit by the start of 2018 but have been disrupted by the 6 January killing of 14 young men in an attack linked to MFDC elements engaged in illegal logging. However, more factions have been leaning towards joining Rome-based negotiations that resumed in October 2017. The catalyst is likely a loss of support from ousted Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, whose departure also removes threats of armed inter-state conflict.
Civil society groups are likely to exert significant influence in the 12-month outlook. The 23 June Movement and youth organisation Y'en a Marre, which helped frustrate former president Abdoulaye Wade's bid for a third term in 2012, have increasingly turned against his successor Macky Sall. Protest is likely to coalesce around the politically charged corruption case against Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, whose trial began in January 2018 after spending nearly 10 months in custody already. Protests are likely to feature fighting with security forces, small-scale arson, and throwing of projectiles, especially in Dakar.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers over nine months old arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (YFV) transmission and for travelers who have been in transit in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.
Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Yellow Fever: A vaccine is available for children over the age of one year.
Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).
Rabies: For prolonged stays in an isolated region (for children from when they can walk).
Meningococcal Meningitis: For prolonged stays, or in case your travels will put you in close contact with a local population affected by an epidemic of the disease (for children over the age of two years).
Malaria: Recommended preventive medication - mefloquine (sometimes marketed as Lariam) or doxycycline (sometimes marketed as Vibramycin).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
Temperatures are high in Senegal all year long. The rainy season lasts from July until September and tornados sometimes strike during this period. The rest of the year (October-June) weather conditions are dry. Between December and February, the Harmattan, a hot and dry wind from the Sahara Desert, regularly passes through the country.
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