The Senegal in International Rankings

Doing Business Report (2015) and improving business climate

Senegal is ranked amongst the first 10 countries having improved the most their regulation of the business climate according to the latest Doing Business Report (2015) of the World Bank Group:« Thanks to its reforms, Senegal is gradually reducing its gap with the best practices seen elsewhere ».

It rises from rank 178 to the 161 out of a total of 189 countries. The Report notes that Senegal has implemented reforms in six of the fields covered by « Doing Business ». In 2005, for example, it took 27 days to import goods from abroad. « Today, it only needs 14 days, like in Poland »”, the Report notes. In 2016, Senegal rises again 3 ranks higher.


Good Governance Index, Mo Ibrahim classification

Senegal gains 4.6 points in 2014 and ranks amongst Africa’s five best performances over five years alongside Côte d’Ivoire (+7,8 pts), Guinea (+6.5 pts), Niger (+5.5 pts) and Zimbabwe (+5.4 pts).
It stayed in 9th place for 2015. Senegal is also part of the 6 countries having recorded an improvement in each of the four categories of the Index. It is in the “participation and respect of human rights” section that Senegal records its best score.

Within the sub-region, Senegal is ranked 3rd, behind Cape Verde and Ghana. The Global Governance Index in the West African sub-region gains 1.3 points this year (delivering the 2nd best performance on the continent, behind North Africa.

*latest available data 2014.


Democracy ranking 2015

Senegal has improved 14 ranks between 2013 and 2015, representing the best progression in the world. Moreover, with a gain of 4.6 points, Senegal records the 3rd best progression on the continent in terms of democracy, behind Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire.

« A relative momentum for the progress of democracy was reached, notably by some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, where improvements in advancing democracy and society as well as economic development are clear », the Report adds.

Based in Vienna, Austria, Democracy Ranking is an independent organization that produces annual reports on democracy index throughout the world.


Freedom House Index of freedom and freedom of the press in the world

Senegal gained 7 points since 2012 in the freedom of the press index with 48 points in total. In the Freedom House's world freedom index, since 2012, Senegal has moved from “partially free” to “free” thanks to the peaceful transition of government in 2012.

« Senegal maintained the positive trajectory that began when President Macky Sall took office in early 2012, with improvements including better enforcement of legal protections, fewer legal cases against the press, and decrease of harassment and attacks against journalists both while covering the news and in retaliation for their reports ».

This positive result has resulted in a gain of 4 points in the freedom of press index in Senegal since 2012, before which was in decline. Senegal therefore stands amongst the Top 5 countries with the best progression

Press in Senegal is considered one of the most free in the region, with Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali.


Transparency International 2015 Index of Corruption Perception

Senegal now ranks 61 out of 167 countries (the 167th being perceived as the most corrupted). In 2012, Senegal was 94th.

According to the Report, Senegal is among countries where the situation improved during last years.

« Greece, Senegal, and the U-K are part of the countries that have experienced a significant improvement of their scores since 2012 ».

Thus, the Report highlights : « Overall a number of countries have all improved (in the areas covered by the index) in recent years, notably Senegal, which has risen significantly since the government introduced a series of anti-corruption measures ».


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