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The Gambia:

The Gambia is a strip of land 15 to 30 miles (25 to 50 kilometres) wide and 295 miles long on either bank of the Gambia River; except for a short coastline, it is surrounded by Senegal. Its unusual shape and size are attributable to territorial compromises arising from 19th-century Anglo-French rivalry in western Africa. 
(from "Gambia, The." Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2006) 

After 200 years of British colonial rule The Gambia gained its independence 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 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. 
Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH, the leader of the coup, has been elected president in all subsequent elections.

 

Official Name: 

Republic of The Gambia

short form: The Gambia

former: Senegambia; federation with Senegal (1982-1989)

 

ISO Country Code: gm 

 

Time:

Local Time = UTC

Actual Time: Sat-Oct-3 15:05 

 

Country Calling Code: +220

 

Capital City: Banjul (pop. 35 000, with suburbs 500 000)

 

Other Cities: Serrekunda (pop. 200 000),

Basse Santa Su, Georgetown (Jangjang-bureh), Juffureh.

 

Government: 

Type: Civilian.

Independence: 18 February 1965 (from the UK).

Constitution:16 January 1997.

 

Geography:

Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean surrounded by Senegal.

Area: 11 300 sq. km. (4 360 sq. mi.)

Terrain: Flood plain of the Gambia River flanked by low hills.

 

Climate: Tropical; hot rainy season (June to Nov.); cooler, dry season (Nov. to May). 

 

People:

Nationality: Gambian(s).

Population: 1.7 million (2010 UN estimate)

Ethnic groups: Mandinka 40%, Fula 18%, Wolof 14%, Jola 10%, Serahule 9%, Serere 8%, Krio/Aku Marabout, Manjago, Bambara.

Non-Gambians 13% of the population.

Religions: Muslim 85%, Christian 4%, animists.

Languages: English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula (Pulaar), Jola, other indigenous languages.

Literacy: 38%

 

Natural resources: Fish, titanium, tin, zircon, silica sand.

 

Agriculture products: Peanuts, rice, millet, sorghum, fish, palm kernels, vegetables, livestock, forestry.

 

Industries: Peanut products, construction, telecommunications, brewing; tourism.

 

Exports partners: India 23.7%, UK15.2%, France 14.2%, Germany 9.6%,Italy 8.3%, Thailand 5.9%, Malaysia4.1% (2004)

 

Imports partners: China 23.7%, Senegal11.6%, Brazil 5.9%, UK 5.5%,Netherlands 4.5%, USA 4.4% (2004)

 

Currency: Dalasi (GMD)

 

 

 

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AfDB approves US $120-million corporate loan to Ghana Airports Company - First private sector investment in Ghana’s transport sector

01/10/2015 - On September 30, 2015, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a US $120-million corporate loan to support Ghana Airports Company Limited’s (GACL) capital investment programme. The programme entails the construction of a new terminal at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, and rehabilitation of other airports managed by GACL including Kumasi, Tamale, Ho and Wa Airports. The loan is the first private-sector investment that the AfDB has financed in Ghana’s transport sector.


Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia to benefit from African Trade Insurance (ATI) Membership Programme

23/09/2015 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a combined US $30 million soft loan to Benin, Côte d'Ivoire and Ethiopia to be utilized for membership subscriptions in the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI). This is a critical step and a prerequisite for ATI to commence its operations within these countries. Under the approvals, Benin and Ethiopia will each receive US $7.50 million, whilst Côte d'Ivoire will receive US $15.0 million


Banks Positively Reassessing Liberia

There has been a rising stream of good news coming out of the Republic of Liberia. The country recently celebrated a ten year milestone of peace. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, elected in 2005 as the first elected female head of state in Africa was re-elected to a second term in 2011. The President was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Other Liberian accomplishments include:

• Corporations
• Election to the UN’s IMO (International Maritime Organization) council
• White listed by OECD Global Forum
• Leading country in extractive industry transparency Initiative
• World’s largest quality Ship Registry

The treatment of Liberian business entities has not always kept pace with the changes in the country. There is a misconception internationally that there are sanctions against Liberia. There are no International nor US Treasury sanctions against Liberia. UN, EU and US Sanctions all specifically target the associates of former President Taylor and his administration. In fact, US Treasury sanctions state:

Title 31 Part 593 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations: “The sanctions set forth in E.O. 13348 and implemented in the Regulations are targeted sanctions directed at the regime of former President Charles Taylor. The sanctions are not directed against the country of Liberia, the Government of Liberia, or the Central Bank of Liberia. They do not prohibit the provision of banking services to Liberia, including the maintenance of correspondent banking relationships with Liberian banks, unless the bank in question is a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the Regulations.” (Link: PDF Sanction Overview)

International and US Treasury sanctions do not target Liberian corporations. In fact there are no sanctioned Liberian nonresident corporations or Liberian-flag vessels.

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The West African Bankers Association's mission is "to develop, promote, generate, coordinate and drive cross border banking and financial transactions that will enhance regional trade, economic and financial integration and development." ...read more

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