Chinese President Xi Jinping said the East Asian nation will invest in Gambia’s energy section and help boost its capability to meet demands.
Gambia’s state-owned energy supplier has been unable to meet the country’s electricity needs, depriving the nation of investors and sparking a near protest by urban dwellers.
“China attaches importance to cooperation with the Gambia in agriculture, electricity, and infrastructure, and is willing to enhance Gambia’s capacity for self-development and sustainable development,” Jinping told Barrow.
Barrow’s government has signed a $150 million agreement with Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned hydropower engineering, and construction company.
The Gambia is also importing at least 10 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Senegal. Power supply to rural Gambia has been stabilized and Mr. Barrow promised to have the energy crisis resolved in two years.
President Adama Barrow has vowed to create jobs but the electricity shortage is making him fall short of his target. He is, however, trying to redirect the employment drive to fisheries.