In the context of intensifying Ukraine's relations with African countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba had a call with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad Aїssata Tall Sall.
This was the first phone conversation between the heads of Ukrainian and Senegalese diplomacy in the history of bilateral relations.
"Ukraine sees Senegal as one of its important partners in West Africa. We are interested in opening a new chapter in bilateral relations to bring them to a more dynamic level. First of all, we are talking about such promising areas as trade and education, ”- Dmytro Kuleba said.
The Senegalese Foreign Minister supported the Ukrainian Minister's proposal to create a Ukrainian-Senegalese Business council to revive business contacts. The ministers agreed to work out concrete proposals with business representatives to launch the council in the near future.
Dmytro Kuleba also stressed Ukraine's interest in increasing the number of Senegalese students. He suggested establishing direct contacts between specialized higher education institutions, in particular in such areas of training as oil and gas production, agriculture.
Dmytro Kuleba invited Aїssata Tall Sall to pay a visit to Ukraine as soon as the epidemic situation allows.
It should be noted in 2020, the volume of bilateral trade in goods between Ukraine and Senegal amounted to USD 85.65 million. In the first quarter of 2021, the volume of trade in goods and services amounted to USD 37.18 million.