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Country Brief

The Gambia is the smallest country on the African mainland, being surrounded by Senegal. Due to its unique geographic location, it is also a hub for trade in the region. Gambia’s exports remain relatively undiversified, being dominated by ground-nuts, which account for 60% of domestically produced exports. The country has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base. The remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts are an important source of foreign capital. The Gambia is a member of the Economic Community of West African States and it benefits from the European Development Fund for ACP Countries. It has maintained a reputation of relative stability and peace, although its sub-region has been marked by recurring instability and conflict.


Export potential

Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.