• The Gambia

    The Gambia

    In the Gambia, some three-quarters of the population relies on agriculture for its livelihood, and the sector provides for about one-fifth of GDP. This has prompted the government to invested heavily in the industry. Its agricultural sector holds much potential as less than half of arable land is cultivated. The country’s natural beauty and proximity to Europe has made it one of the larger tourist destinations in West Africa, boosted by government and private sector investment in eco-tourism. 

    Name Republic of The Gambia

    Capital Banjul

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament The Gambia National Assembly

    Parliament website www.assembly.gov.gm

    Languages English, Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, indigenous vernaculars

    Area 11 295 km2

    Population 1 925 527 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Foodstuffs, manufactures, fuel, machinery and transport equipment

    Exports Peanut products, fish, cotton lint, palm kernels

    Currency Dalasi

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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