Turkey – Gambia Relations
Our diplomatic relations with the Gambia have been continuing since 1965, when they gained independence from Britain. The cooperation relations that we have conducted with Gambia exclusively with the military field and with international forums such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have gained a more comprehensive character after the opening of embassies between the two countries in late 2011.
In this respect, mutual high-level visits between the two countries have increased. In this framework, the President of the Republic of Gambia Jammeh, on the occasion of the invitation of the President of the Republic of Turkey, made an official visit to Turkey on 10-11 February 2014. In addition, on April 14-15, 2016, our country hosted the 13th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation organized in Istanbul.
Finally, President Adam Barrow made an official visit to my country between 11-15 February 2018, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Cyprus. President Barrow was accompanied by Habib Saihou Drammeh, the Secretary General of the Government and Public Service, Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Foreign Exchange, and Isatou Touray, Trade, Regional Integration and Employment Minister. Within the framework of friendship and fraternity with the Gambia, a number of agreements, protocols and memoranda of understanding have been signed between the two countries.
On the other hand, economic relations between the Gambia and Turkey, Gambia’s trade volume is of extremely low, partly noteworthy because of insufficient attention to this African country in the modest scale of our investors with our businessmen cannot reach a higher level. The lack of infrastructure in the country, transportation problems and poverty are the obstacles to trade development in this country.
Nevertheless, the commercial and economic issues between the two countries are covered by the Joint Economic Commission (JCC) mechanism. In this context, Turkey-Gambia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) ‘s 23-25 in the first meeting was held in May 2014 in Banjul. II. It is foreseen that the KEK meeting will be held in Ankara in 2018. Our country, through the Turkish Agency for Cooperation and Development (TIKA), is in development assistance to Gambia in various fields.