Gambia

​​I. Country Profile

Country:The Islamic Republic of The Gambia
Capital:Banjul 
Head of State/ Government:Adama Barrow (since January 2017)
Head of Parliament:Mariam Jack-Denton (since 2017)
Vice President:Fatoumata Tambajang (since 22 Februari 2017)
Minister of Foreign Affairs:Ousainou A.N.M Darboe (since Februari 2017)
Official Language:English
Religion:Islam (90%), Christian (8%), other religions (2%)
Independence Day:18 February 1965
Territory:11.300 Km²
Population:2.038.501 (World Bank, 2016)
Currency:

Dalasi (GMD)

GMD per USD: 42.65 (2017)

GDP (Nominal):USD 964,59 million (World Bank, 2016)
GDP (Per Capita)USD 473,19  (World Bank, 2016)
Foreign Exchange Reserve:USD 159,3 million (includes golds) (World Bank, 2014)
Foreign Direct Investment:USD -33,5 million (World Bank, 2012)
Total Value of International Trade:USD 491 j​​​​million (World ​Bank, 2014) deficit USD 283 million
GDP Growth:1,6% (World Bank, 2016)
Strategic Industries:Fisheries, Tourism, Wood Processing, Peanuts, Metal and Garments
Country Representative:

Indonesia:

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dakar

Gambia:

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia in Kuala Lumpur


II. Bilateral Relations​

  • Politics

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Gambia opened in 1982. The close bilateral relations between the two countries marked by exchange of visits between officials of Indonesia and The Gambia with the last visit Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia, Neneh MacDoual-Gaye, in the Commemoration of the 60th Asia-African Conference in Jakarta, April 2015.
  • Economy and Trade 

In the economic field, the value of trade between Indonesia and Gambia reached USD 24.9 million in 2016, an increase of 1.7% compared to the year 2015 with a surplus on the Indonesian side. 

The Gambian government has expressed interest in buying 500 units of hand tractors made in Indonesia. 

Indonesian Government has also established the Agricultural Rural Farmer Training Center (ARFTC) in Jenoi, Gambia, in 1998. During the period 2010-2013, ARFTC Jenoi has provided agricultural training to 5,114 farmers Gambia and farmers from neighboring countries Gambia, among others, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, and Guinea. In addition, Indonesia has also provided assistance in the form of equipment and agricultural machinery to Gambia in 2008 (12 hand tractors) and 2014 (5 hand tractors).
  • Social-Culture

In the social-cultural field, during the period of 2008-2017, the Government of Indonesia has awarded scholarships to 20 Gambia citizens through the Darmasiswa Scholarship scheme and the Developing Country Partnership Scholarship (KNB). In 2017, 2 (two) Gambian citizens received scholarship from the Government of Indonesia.

In 2017, the University of The Gambia (UTG) and Universitas Brawijaya Malang (UB) have agreed to cooperate in the field of higher education through the awarding of scholarships from UB to UTG faculty. Both universities have mutually agreed to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) text, which is planned to be signed in December 2017 in Malang.

Dr. Badara Alieu Joof, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology of Gambia, visited the Indonesian Embassy on 16 May 2017, with a view to strengthening and exploring higher education cooperation with Indonesia such as inter-university cooperation, agriculture, engineering, and architecture.

As of September 2017, 2 (two) UTG faculty members have been accepted to UB for Master's degree in Civil Engineering (MSc) and PhD in Biomedical Science. UB provides 3 (three) scholarship slots to UTG and is currently waiting for 1 (one) more slot  to be filled by UTG scholarship candidate for master program.

In addition, many Gambian citizens are studying at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta either through a scholarship program from UIN or at their own expense. In 2017, the Embassy received a visa application letter from UIN for 42 Gambian citizens who will study at UIN.