A delegation of Senegalese influentials came to the Netherlands to gain insight into Dutch best practices in port development, and make connections which could prove useful for Senegal’s own new port development south of Dakar.
During their visit, the delegation met some of the most influential actors in the Dutch maritime sector. After words of welcome and an introductory talk on the Netherlands by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the group took a boat tour around the Port of Rotterdam. The visitors were impressed with the advanced technologies used in the terminals and the efficiency of Dutch customs procedures. Besides the port, the Senegalese guests also visited the Shipping and Transport College in Rotterdam, met with representatives of Royal Haskoning (which is involved in the Dakar port development project), and were introduced to many potential new partners at a networking event in Hotel New York. At that event, Dutch companies also received information on business opportunities in Senegal.
Some of the Netherlands’ ports could serve as examples for the new port of Dakar. The port of Scheveningen, which is also used by the fishing industry, was presented as a good example of a smaller but multifunctional port. The Port of Amsterdam highlighted its unique partnerships with other ports. During this last formal visit, the two countries publicly expressed their intention to cooperate in Dakar.
Embassy representatives: Theo Peters, Pierre Chapusette
RVO.nl representative: Marloes de Goeijen