Gambian Circle

The Gambia Team

About The Gambia

The Gambia is a country in West Africa that is almost entirely surrounded by Senegal with the exception of its western coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. It is the smallest country within mainland Africa. Banjul is the Gambian capital and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.

The Gambia's economy is dominated by farming, fishing and, especially, tourism. In 2015, 48.6% of the population lived in poverty. The country has a liberal, marked-based ecoomy characterised by traditional subsistence agriculture, a historic reliance on groundnuts (peanuts) for export earnings, a re-export trade built up around its oecan port, low import duties, minimal administrative procedures, a fluctuating exchange rate with no exchange controls, and a significant tourism industry. Agriculture accounts for roughly 30% of gross domestic product (GDP) and employs about 70% of the labour force. Within agriculture, peanut production accounts for 6.9% of GDP, other crops 8.3%, livestock 5.3%, fishing 1.8%, and forestry 0.5%. Industry accounts for about 8% of GDP and services around 58%. Manufacturing is primarily agricultural-based (e.g., peanut processing, bakeries, a brewery). Other manufacturing activities include soap, soft drinks, and clothing.

In March 1999 the University of The Gambia (UTG) was established. It shall be the powerhouse for the transformation of the country through the creation, application, and transfer of knowledge. The Startup Incubator Center is a co-working space for young entrepreneurs, with cubicles, computers, high-speed internet, printing and a fully equipped training room with a capacity of 25 participants. It provides both an incubation and accelerator program for young and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Horatiu Moldovan
Alieu JallowHead of the operational team
As a social entrepreneur from a humble background, Alieu dedicates his life and career to build opportunities for young people like him. In 2012 he founded the “Young Entrepreneur Association of the Gambia” and in 2015, he founded the first ever business incubator “Startup Incubator Gambia” which has so far supported 42 startups, and created 120 jobs in the past two years. In 2016, he launched the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit + Job Fair for young people centred on innovation, entrepreneurship, and professional development. With his work, Alieu has reached over 400 youths, entrepreneurs and young professionals, providing them with interactive workshops and networking opportunities. Alieu has become a beacon of hope to many youth and has turn unemployed youths to entrepreneurs helping them launch both local and regional brand in fashion, agriculture, technology etc. thus creating livelihood for many.

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