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Dangote's 1Billion-Dollar Investment in Senegal's Phosphate Industry

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louis Buyisiwe

Feb 18, 2024

Unlocking Africa's Green Potential: Dangote's Billion-Dollar Bet on Senegal's Phosphates

“Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote announces a $1 billion investment in Senegal’s phosphate project, leveraging the country’s extensive reserves. This strategic move expands Dangote Group’s operations in the region and fosters economic ties.
Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has announced a significant investment exceeding $1 billion to develop a phosphate project in Senegal, following discussions with President Macky Sall. This move aims to leverage Senegal's extensive phosphate reserves, crucial for fertilizer production, and signifies a major expansion of

Dangote Group's operations in the region.


Senegal, with phosphate reserves sufficient for 500 years at the current extraction pace, presents a robust opportunity for sustainable resource exploitation.

The Dangote Group, already established in Senegal since 2015 through a cement plant in the Thies region, views this investment as a strategic entry into the country's flourishing phosphate industry. Other local companies currently exploiting this mineral include Société Sénégalaise des Phosphates de Thiès and Industries Chimiques du

Sénégal, among others, contributing to exports in various forms including fertilizers and phosphate rock.


This investment is not just a business expansion for Dangote but also a move that has earned him high honors from the Republic of Senegal, reflecting the significance of this venture in fostering economic ties and industrial growth. The project is set to kick off upon license approval, promising a substantial boost to Senegal's phosphate industry and its global market presence.


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