The Gambia faces considerable economic challenges. Despite an economic rebound after the democratic transition, external debt and other economic factors may constrain the government’s ability to address the needs of the country.

Its debt burden is unsustainable and there are significant structural obstacles, including a weak administrative apparatus in key areas, high unemployment, and a lack of appropriate human resources.

The Gambian government has identified several strategies areas for the period from 2018 to 2021. These areas include governance, rule of law, and respect for human rights; decentralization; improvement of fisheries and agriculture; education; health and sanitation; social protection; energy and petroleum; transport and public works.

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