Gambian and Senegalese leaders resolved to strengthen economic cooperation, particularly in tourism between the two nations after Gambia’s President Adama Barrow ended a three-day visit to Senegal.
Gambia and Senegal’s economy are interdependent. Senegal is divided into the north and south by the Gambia with most of its agricultural goods coming from its Casamance region.
Southerners have to cross through the Gambia to reach northern Senegal quickly instead of going around. Senegal surrounds The Gambia on all three sides except for the West, which has a short Atlantic shoreline.
Tourism is the Gambia’s largest foreign exchange earner and the the second biggest contributor to its GDP.
A border impasse last year disrupted the Gambian economy. Senegalese authorities closed their borders for nearly three months after former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh unilaterally increased tariffs for commercial Senegalese trucks.
Jammeh suffered defeat in the hands of Barrow in December and fled the country after regional troops captured his presidential villa in Kanilai and advanced towards the capital, Banjul.
Barrow has made it a priority to clean the stained relations between the Gambia and Senegal. Senegal’s President Macky Sall has been largely praised by Gambians for his contribution to ending the political standoff sparked by Jammeh’s refusal to cede power.