Trade between the Gambia and Turkey has increased ten folds just six months into the departure of the West African nation’s ex-dictator, Yahya Jammeh.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu urged businesses in his country to expand to The Gambia, where the new government has plans to cut corporate taxes.
“We know that the Gambian government will provide all kinds of support to Turkish companies,” Cavusoglu said.
Cavusoglu met with Gambia’s Foreign Secretary Ousainou Darboe, who said Turkey and The Gambia are strategic partners.
Turkey has been supporting The Gambia’s army with training and invested in its agriculture, tourism and struggling energy sector.
Gambia’s Minister of Agriculture Omar Jallow returned from Turkey earlier this month where he held bilateral talks and received support.
Under Jammeh, the country has been isolated and Mr. Darboe with other Gambian officials have been trying to revert that and charm investors to the New Gambia.
“Efforts to revitalize our economy and improve national security are our priority,” said Mr. Darboe.
The Gambia is working on transforming its army into a more professional military. It is facing security challenges and has since Jammeh’s ouster being under the protection of West African forces.