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    Gambia, The Economy - 2003

      Economy - overview: The 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 preshipment inspection plan, and instability of the Gambian dalasi (currency) have drawn some of the reexport trade away from The Gambia. 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. Shortrun 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.

      GDP: purchasing power parity - $2.6 billion (2002 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate: 3% (2001 est.)

      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $1,800 (2002 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 33%
      industry: 13%
      services: 54% (1999 est.)

      Population below poverty line: NA%

      Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%
      highest 10%: NA%

      Inflation rate (consumer prices): 5.5% (2002 est.)

      Labor force: 400,000

      Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 75%, industry, commerce, and services 19%, government 6%

      Unemployment rate: NA%

      Budget: revenues: $90.5 million
      expenditures: $80.9 million, including capital expenditures of $4.1 million (2001 est.)

      Industries: processing peanuts, fish, and hides; tourism; beverages; agricultural machinery assembly, woodworking, metalworking; clothing

      Industrial production growth rate: NA%

      Electricity - production: 85.33 million kWh (2001)

      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
      hydro: 0%
      other: 0% (2001)
      nuclear: 0%

      Electricity - consumption: 79.36 million kWh (2001)

      Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2001)

      Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2001)

      Oil - production: 0 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - consumption: 1,900 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - exports: NA (2001)

      Oil - imports: NA (2001)

      Agriculture - products: rice, millet, sorghum, peanuts, corn, sesame, cassava (tapioca), palm kernels; cattle, sheep, goats

      Exports: $138 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)

      Exports - commodities: peanut products, fish, cotton lint, palm kernels, re-exports

      Exports - partners: Benelux 14.8%, Brazil 8.1%, Netherlands 6.5%, UK 5.3%, Japan 4.2% (2001)

      Imports: $225 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)

      Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, manufactures, fuel, machinery and transport equipment

      Imports - partners: China (including Hong Kong), Senegal, UK, Netherlands, France, Brazil (2001)

      Debt - external: $476 million (2001 est.)

      Economic aid - recipient: $45.4 million (1995)

      Currency: dalasi (GMD)

      Currency code: GMD

      Exchange rates: dalasi per US dollar - NA (2002), 15.6872 (2001), 12.7876 (2000), 11.3951 (1999), 10.6431 (1998)

      Fiscal year: calendar year

      NOTE: The information regarding Gambia, The on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Gambia, The Economy 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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