Established for more than 20 years in West Africa and Egypt, the French cement group, VICAT is committed to supporting Senegal and the States of the Sub-Region in the context of development, peace and security programmes.

Construction is a strong vector of development. Through its cement plants and industrial installations, VICAT contributes to the local development of resources and the development of employment. The continent's demographic and economic dynamism is generating a new urban revolution, a need for housing that is accessible to the greatest number of people and infrastructure. VICAT responds to these needs by developing African constructive solutions that meet the criteria of both sustainable construction and environmental preservation.

VICAT's aim is to be a partner of African decision-makers and to jointly provide answers to the major challenges facing the continent. Peace and security are among them, which is why the Group has supported the Dakar Forum since its inception.

The VICAT Group in a few words……

A French cement group established in 12 countries, VICAT employs nearly 9,000 people and has a consolidated turnover of more than 2.6 billion euros, 63% of which is generated internationally.

The VICAT Group develops a high-performance offer of materials, products and services adapted to the constant evolution of the construction industry.

Wherever it is established, VICAT is committed to the development of territories, local employment, respect for the environment and cultivates long-term relationships of trust with its customers and partners.


Founding member, MBDA, integrated European company is a partner of this 6th edition of the Dakar Forum.

MBDA stands with all those who are  threatened in their security and autonomy. We work tirelessly with our customers and suppliers to deliver the new technologies that will effectively combat these threats and equip our armed forces with the required operational capabilities and to defend our countries in a performance-oriented way that ensures a cost-effective military and technological advantage with controlled risks in a multinational cooperation framework.

This meeting of reference for security actors in Africa will help to emerge new approaches in defense, security and development policies and confirm the relevance of a strategic dialogue between private and state actors working together for development, peace and security on the African continent.


Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 95,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

The Group comprises the following companies: Safran Aero Boosters, Safran Aerosystems, Safran Aircraft Engines, Safran Cabin, Safran Electrical & Power, Safran Electronics & Defense, Safran Helicopter Engines, Safran Landing Systems, Safran Nacelles, Safran Seats, Safran Transmission Systems.

Aviation: Safran develops, produces and sells engines and propulsion systems as well as aircraft equipment for civil and military fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Safran also offers a wide range of aircraft interiors.

No.1 worldwide: single-aisle commercial jet engines in partnership with GE, helicopter turbine engines, landing gear, wheels and carbon brakes (mainline commercial jets with over 100 seats), aircraft wiring systems, mechanical power transmissions (mainline commercial jets with over 100 seats), engine control units (in partnership with BAE systems), seats for commercial aircraft (economy class seats for twin-aisle jets), cabin interiors for regional and business aircraft, cabin liners, galleys, trolleys, containers, nacelle systems for business jets, evacuation slides.

Defense: Operating in the optronic, inertial guidance, electronics and critical software markets, Safran offers today’s armed forces a complete range of optronic, navigation and optical systems and equipment for use in the air, on land and at sea.

No.1 in Europe: optronic systems, inertial navigation systems, tactical drones.

No.3 worldwide: inertial navigation systems.

Space: Safran is a world leader in the space industry. It offers systems and equipment for launch vehicles and satellites, while ArianeGroup* designs and produces the european launchers Ariane 5 and Ariane 6, marketed by its subsidiary Arianespace. Safran is also producing high-performance optics.

No.1 worldwide: high-performance optics.

No.1 in Europe: plasma propulsion for satellites.

*ArianeGroup is a 50/50 joint company between Airbus and Safran.


A global leader in passenger transport and freight logistics, SNCF reported €33.3 billion in revenue in 2018, with one-third generated on international markets. With 272,000 employees in 120 countries, SNCF draws on its foundations in French rail and its extensive experience as an architect of transport services.

  • SNCF Réseau (management and operation of the French rail network); commuter transport (mass transit in the Paris region, TER regional rail, and Keolis in France and worldwide);
  • longdistance rail (TGV inOui, Ouigo, Intercités, Eurostar, Thalys and more, and ticket sales through,
  • SNCF Gares & Connexions (station management and development),
  • SNCF Logistics (freight transport and logistics worldwide with Geodis, Fret SNCF and Ermewa),
  • SNCF Immobilier (management and optimization of SNCF property and land assets).

ARQUUS, committed to peace-keeping

As a regular partner of the Forum, ARQUUS is a key stakeholder in issues of defence and security in Central and West Africa.

A historical supplier to the majority of ECOWAS nations, with its legendary VLRA and AML vehicles, ARQUUS has developed and expanded its defence and security ranges to create a product offer that is capable of meeting all armed forces wheeled vehicle requirements, whether armoured or not. The Bastion range indeed ticks this box, and its 1000th production vehicle has just been delivered to G5 Sahel.

ARQUUS also offers innovative support solutions, integral to the initial contract and provided via simple menu pricing operations that are performed remotely, along with cost-effective and current support through training.

These cutting-edge and efficient solutions make ARQUUS a defence and security partner who will stand the test of time.


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, with 20,726 employees. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. Our business volume is around 3 billion euros. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government – in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – and many public and private sector clients in around 120 countries in achieving their objectives in international cooperation. With this aim, GIZ works together with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

As a service provider with worldwide operations in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ works with its partners to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. GIZ is a public-benefit federal enterprise and supports the German Government and a host of public and private sector clients in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security.


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