The Gambia

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INFORMATION

Capital: Banjul

 

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Adama Barrow

Economy:

  • Gambia has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base, and relies in part on remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts.
  • About three-quarters of the population depends on the agricultural sector for its livelihood and the sector provides for about one-third of GDP.
  • In 2011, tourism contributed about one-fifth of GDP.

Population: 2,092,731 (2018)

Land Size: 11,295 sq km (4,361 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mandinka: 42%
  • Fula: 18%
  • Wolof: 16%,
  • Jola: 10%
  • Serahuli: 9%
  • Other: 4%)
  • Non-African: 1% (2003 census)
Religions:

 

  • Muslim: 90%
  • Christian: 8%
  • African Indigenous Religions: 2%

Language(s):

  • English (official)
  • Mandinka
  • Wolof
  • Fula
  • other indigenous vernaculars

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: 'Energy Crisis Continue to Undermine National Development' - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] Adama Gassama-Jallow, a senior energy officer and gender focal person at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has said that The Gambia like most ECOWAS regions is faced with energy crisis that continues to undermine the country's development efforts.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: 'Poor Institutional Frameworks Hamper Environmental Management' - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] The vice president of The Gambia has outlined that poor institutional and regulatory frameworks are the main obstacles hampering the country's sustainable environmental management.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: GFF Announces Date for Annual General Meeting - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] As part of its constitutional requirements, The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) will go for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 26th December 2020 at the Football Hotel in Yundum.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: EU Funded FAO Projects Procure It Equipment And Vehicles to Boost Food Security, Nutrition - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] 26 November 2020, Banjul - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will on Friday 27th November 2020hand over IT equipment (HP) and three Toyota Hilux pickups worth six (6) million Gambian Dalasis to the government of The Gambia.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: CRR Farmers Not Likely to Sell Groundnuts to Govt - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] Farmers in Central River Region of The Gambia have said they will not sell their groundnuts to government on the grounds that government usually buys their groundnuts at a very low price.