The Gambia

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Yahya Jammeh

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Analysis

Analysis:

OVERVIEW: THE GAMBIA

Manufacturing continues to be a small-scale, under-exploited and primarily domestic-oriented sector. It is also dominated by urban micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) working on low value added activities such as packaging agriculture products and fish processing. Manufacturing accounted for 4.9 per cent of GDP in 2011. Its share has been stagnant over the years despite government efforts to promote the industrial sector under Vision 2020. The weakness of the sector is explained by the small Gambian market, poor investment and weak trade facilitation. 

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Profile

Profile:

PROFILE: THE GAMBIA

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: The Gambia
Head of State: President Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa (APRC) (since 1994; re-elected 24 Nov 2011)
Head of government: President Yahya Jammeh
Ruling party: Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) (since 1996; re-elected 29 Mar 2012)
Area: 11,295 square km
Population: 1.93 million (2014)*
Capital: Banjul
Official language: English
Currency: Dalasi (D) = 100 butut
Exchange rate: D39.63 per US$ (Sept 2015)
GDP per capita: US$428 (2014)*
GDP real growth: -0.22% (2014)*
GDP: US$825.00 million (2014)*
Inflation: 6.27% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$176.38 million (2012)
* estimated figure

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