Canada and The Gambia have established diplomatic relations in 1966. The Embassy of Canada in Dakar, Senegal, ensures the representation of the country in The Gambia.
The Embassy of The Gambia in Washington, DC, United States of America, represents the country in Canada. The Gambia also has Honorary Consuls in Toronto and Montreal.
Bilateral and trade relations with The Gambia are modest. Bilateral trade between Canada and The Gambia reached $1,4 million in 2013. ($1,3 million in Canadian exports and $83,567 of imports from The Gambia. In addition to the oil sector, the Gambian government relies on tourism to diversify its economy dependent on peanut monoculture and transit of goods (Senegalese carriers towards the Casamance).
Canada does’t have a bilateral development program in The Gambia, but still contributes to the development of the country through its programs and partnerships with Canadian, international and multilateral organizations. In 2013-2014, the Canadian development assistance, estimated at $ 0.15 million for The Gambia, essentially targeted agriculture (based on the typology of the Development Co-operation Directorate of the OECD). The main Canadian partner involved in The Gambia was Resource Efficient Agricultural Production Canada. The main multilateral partner was the Joint Office for Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations. For more information on projects with The Gambia, see DFATD’s Project Browser.
The Embassy finances small local projects to promote human rights, peace and security and good governance through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) and other multilateral mechanisms.
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