Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965; it formed a
short-lived federation of Senegambia with Senegal between 1982 and
1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation
treaty. A military coup in 1994 overthrew the president and banned
political activity, but a new 1996 constitution and presidential
elections, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a
nominal return to civilian rule. The country undertook another round of
presidential and legislative elections in late 2001 and early 2002.
Gambia has no important mineral or other natural resources and has a
limited agricultural base. About 75% of the population depends on crops
and livestock for its livelihood. Small-scale manufacturing activity
features the processing of peanuts, fish, and hides. Reexport trade
normally constitutes a major segment of economic activity, but a 1999
government-imposed pre-shipment inspection plan, and instability of the
Gambian dalasi (currency) have drawn some of the reexport trade away
from Banjul. The government's 1998 seizure of the private peanut firm
Alimenta eliminated the largest purchaser of Gambian groundnuts; the
following two marketing seasons have seen substantially lower prices
and sales. A decline in tourism in 2000 has also held back growth.
Unemployment and underemployment rates are extremely high. Short-run
economic progress remains highly dependent on sustained bilateral and
multilateral aid, on responsible government economic management as
forwarded by IMF technical help and advice, and on expected growth in
the construction sector. Record crops undergirded sturdy growth in
Holidays Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 21* - Tabaski (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Feb 18 - Independence Day
Mar 25~ - Good Friday
Mar 28 - Easter Monday
Apr 21* - Milad al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)
May 1 - Labour Day
Jul 22 - Revolution Day
Aug 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Nov 14-16* - Koriteh (End of Ramadan)
Dec 25 - Christmas
Muslim festivals(*) are timed according to local sightings of various
phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations.
Besides, the Festivals' dates(~) are also subject to change in every
Country Code: 220
Outgoing International Code: 00
CIA - The World Factbook - The Republic of The Gambia
website indicates a wide range of detail information about Gambia by
introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people,
government, economy, communications, transportation, military,
is available to find out Gambian general outlook on the issues of its
social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation,
government, duty free, health and so forth.
Business in Gambia
are listed the industries of Gambia by aiming to assist entrepreneurs
& investors in terms of creating investment opportunities in
Gambia - Business
creates efficient business directory for Gambia in order to orient the
potential investors seeking business opportunities in Gambia.
Gambian Business Profile
serves as a directory providing an ultimate African Business Source for
the entrepreneurs including the list of industries for Gambia.
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For Gambia
Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as
Consular Information Sheet about Gambia in terms of analyzing its
social, political, cultural & economic environments.
Embassy Listings For Gambia
There is listed the embassies of Gambia including the embassies' contact information.