Senegal is located at the western most tip of the African continent, between 12.5° and 16.5° N latitude and 12° and 17° W longitude. This country is bordered to the west by 700 km of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Dakar is a Senegalese city located on the peninsula of Cape Verde, the most westerly Finisterra in West Africa. Senegal’s capital and gateway to Africa located about five hours flight from Europe, Dakar gathers almost all the administrative activities of the country.
Traditional and historical city, Dakar istoday the most attractive and economic center of Senegal. By this privileged position at the intersection of the Americas and Europe, through the quality of its economic and commercial infrastructure, Dakar isalso a modern metropolis, an intersection of communication and trade routes. Born a centuryago, Dakar is the capital of a state characterized by political stability.
Senegal has an area of 196,190 km².
Almost 15 million people live in Senegal.
French is the official language used in business and education. Wolof is the traditional language spoken by the majority of the population. The variety of ethnic groups reflects a diversity of languages, dialects and cultures.
Muslims 94%, indigenous beliefs 1%, Christians 5% (mainlyCatholics).
Senegal has a tropical climate generally characterized by the heat and humidity and a rainy season that runs from May to November with strong winds southeast. The dry season that goes from December to April is dominated by a hot and dry wind namely the harmattan that blows with a lot of sand.
The international dialing code of Senegal is 221. The outgoing code 00 is followed by the country code (for example 0027 for South Africa). There are no city codes. The telephone system is one of the most developed in Africa and many call centers for local and international calls are set up. Three operators provide cellular coverage. Internet cafes provide Internet connections in major cities.
The official currencyis the CFA Franc of West Africa (XOF), which is divided into 100 centimes. The CFA is fixed against the euro at the rate of 1 euro = 655.957 CFA francs, or 100 CFA francs = 0.152449 euro. ATMs are available in Dakar, but banking services are limited in the rest of the country. Credit cards are only accepted at major tourist establishments, American Express being the most accepted card; the commission is invoiced and travelers checks can be cashed in Dakar.
Credit and debit cards
You can use creditcards to pay for certain items, but their use is usually limited to hostels and large hotels, restaurants, and car rentals. Visa, Mastercard and American Express (Amex) are the most accepted across the country, but the MasterCard can also be used. You can use a credit card for withdrawing money from banks in big cities or in tourist circles. Banks and card issuers often charge exchange rates at the normal rate, making cash withdrawals from ATMs less expensive compared to changing traveler’s checks.
The electric currentis 220 V AC, 50 Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.
Insurance and liability
Les participants sont vivement invités à veiller eux-mêmes sur leur assurance de voyage, de santé et à son annulation au cas malheureux où la participation à la conférence et / ou le voyage et / ou l’hébergement à l’hôtel venait à être annulée pour des raisons de maladie ou autres circonstances personnelles.
La langue officielle de la réunion est l’anglais. Toutes les présentations seront traduites simultanément en français.
Time zone in Senegal
UTC is the local time
A service charge of 10 to 15% isapplied in major hotels and restaurants. Taxi drivers generally do not demand a tip.
Cellphones must beturned off during all sessions.