China has pledged to help The Gambia commercialize agriculture, a critical economic sector that has seen a dwindling workforce with the mass exodus of the youthful populace from rural communities.
China’s President Xi Jinping told Gambia’s President Adama Barrow that China is particular about Gambia’s agricultural growth, reiterating a commitment that has been previously made on behalf of Jinping’s communist party to Barrow’s coalition.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Gambian Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe in August that Beijing will enhance cooperation with Banjul on agricultural development.
Agriculture is a critical sector for The Gambia and a top foreign exchange earner. Citizens mostly practice subsistence farming but The Gambia has been attempting to revolutionize the sector to be commercial.
China is helping the Gambia link its rural farm settlements to urban centers in the process. It is constructing a highway in the eastern part of The Gambia worth more than $150 million.
The Gambia would stick to the one-China policy, which asserts that Taiwan is part of China, and is looking forward to pragmatic cooperation with China in various fields.
The reason for rekindling the Beijing-Banjul relationship is strictly economics. The country has been in economic turmoil since the early 2000s, with many struggling to survive due to low agricultural returns.