Turkey pledges to give Gambia 20 commuter buses

Turkey pledges to give Gambia 20 commuter buses

Turkey is giving the West African nation of The Gambia at least 20 city buses to ease commute in the country.

The offer was made to the country during Foreign Secretary Ousainou Darboe’s visit to Ankara by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Relations between The Gambia and Turkey has focused primarily on security but trade between the two nations have “increased ten folds,” this year, according to Cavusoglu.

Gambia’s state-owned transportation company, GTSC has about 68 buses in its fleet and provides express services to the country’s provinces and to Guinea Conakry.

It announced a new route to Dakar this year following renewed relations between The Gambia and Senegal.

The system of transportation in the Gambia mixes both public and private operations and consists of water, land and air transportation.

Transportation companies operated by public enterprises have been chastised for poor service and are fighting back to rebrand themselves and secure financial stability.

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