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Senegal Trade

Mango Trade Mission to Dakar, Senegal on October 6-12, 2017
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Blueprint Creative Group has been commissioned by the Senegalese Export Promotion Agency (ASEPEX) to manage, promote, and lead a trade mission to Dakar, Senegal from October 6-12, 2017 for the U.S. mango industry.

The purpose of the trade mission is to promote production, manufacturing, and investment opportunities in Senegal for value added mango products, including juice, powder, puree, chutneys, jams, chips, etc. During the trade mission to Dakar, ASEPEX will facilitate B2B meetings with prospective customers and business partners, networking, matchmaking opportunities, trade facilitation, and market briefings.

The trade mission is a result of year round mango production that ultimately leads to an over production of mangoes of which 40% of production is not consumed and goes to waste.

Several West African nations, including Senegal, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali have joined forces to create the West African Mango Alliance in an effort to improve the global competitiveness of the mango value chain by increasing production and exports.

With the European market already exporting 70% of Senegalese mangoes, the American market presents Senegal’s next growth target, hence the reason for the trade mission. Members of the mango industry are invited to participate in this trade mission and discover opportunities to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which presents tremendous opportunity for U.S. based companies to take advantage of duty-free entry into the U.S. for almost all African products.

More information about the trade mission and the itinerary can be found at

The trade mission will facilitate market briefings, one-on-one meetings, matchmaking, networking, and trade faciliation for participants.

Senegal's mango industry is ripe with manufacturing, production, and investment opportunities.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Delegation departs U.S. from New York City (JFK) or Dulles International Airport (Washington, DC)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • Delegation arrives in Dakar, Senegal (estimated flight time is about 14 hours depending on point of departure)
  • Transfer to hotel for check-in
  • Welcome dinner presented by ASEPEX leaders

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Guided familiarization tour of Dakar to learn about the culture, people, and way of life.

Monday, October 9, 2017

  • Networking breakfast with Commerce and Agricultural Ministers, business groups, etc.
  • Trade show with key members of local mango value chain and technical workshops
  • Business to business meetings and matchmaking opportunities

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Field day visiting production sites and growers

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Free day for tours and cultural exploration or option to depart for U.S. one day early.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Delegation departs from Dakar for U.S.

*itinerary subject to change

Registration deadline is September 25, 2017

Registration is $2,500 and includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from New York City (JFK) with the option to depart out of DC for an additional $200
  • 5 nights hotel lodging at 4-star Fleurs de Lys Hotel or the option for lodging at the 5-star Radison Blu for an additional $700 per company for a double room
  • Daily ground transportation to all mission events
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Participation in 6 day mission itinerary in Dakar. (Participant has the option to opt for a 5 day mission instead and depart from Dakar on October 11, which reduces the registration price by $150
  • Official networking events and meetings
  • Cultural tour in Dakar

Note: Full package is per company. Additional company representatives may deduct $500 from the package price or $1,000 from the package price if the hotel reservation will be for a double room. No more than two persons may share a room.

Registration is limited to members of the mango industry and will not include more than 20 participants. A Visa is not required to enter Senegal. However, you will need a valid passport. Your U.S. passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure. Your passport must also have adequate unused visa pages (2 pages) to allow for entry and exit stamps upon arrival and departure from Senegal.

Registration will not be considered final until registration forms and payment have been received.

A glance at the Senegalese mango market

More than 40% of Senegal's annual mango production goes to waste.

  • Senegal’s geographic advantage to the U.S. as the hub of West Africa opens up a world of opportunities to doing business in Africa.
  • Mangoes are one of the main fruits exported by Senegal with 16,770 tons (35 million pounds) exported in 2016, an increase of 10% over 2015.
  • The European Union is the main destination for Senegalese exports, accounting for 76% of the volume exported with an average annual growth rate of 20% between 2000 and 2015. In 2013 alone, the EU imported nearly 400,000 tons (881 million) of fresh mangoes.
  • The West Africa Mango Alliance was created in collaboration with member countries Senegal, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali to improve the global competitiveness of the mango value chain by increasing production and exports.
  • Besides taste and year round production, the biggest market opportunity for West African mangoes are the number of mango varieties harvested in the region.

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