Introduction

The site will also be used by Department of State for Trade, Industry and Employment (DOSTIE) to highlight the policies, programmes and work plans that are either being pursued or are to be pursued by the various units and divisions within DOSTIE within the context of national economic and business policy framework. Noteworthy will be the finalized policies in the areas of trade and investment, on-going policy and programmed formulation for Employment, Trade Gateway, Competition, Energy and ultimately the Vision 2020 which has the following as its national Mission Statement:

To transform The Gambia into a financial center, a tourist paradise, a trading, export-oriented agricultural and manufacturing nation, thriving on free market policies and a vibrant private sector, sustained by a well-educated, trained, skilled, healthy, self-reliant and enterprising population, and guaranteeing a well-balanced eco-system and a decent standard of living for one and all, under a system of government based on the consent of the citizenry

The Website is an opportunity to bring The Gambia to the world and the world to The Gambia. The site is developed and being launched and maintained by the Department of State for Trade, Industry and Employment (DOSTIE). It is expected to have interactive features in the near future and we hope our visitors will find the site informative and interact with us on positively useful information and ideas on improving the text, graphics and layouts.

The world is witnessing an information technology (IT) or digital revolution that is transforming traditional ways of business and service delivery. IT is becoming a leading enabler in the new economy and through content and distribution it is bringing about efficiency, productivity and employment. It is transforming social service delivery in health, education, culture and environmental management. Web and internet-based exchange of information is fast changing the global landscape and revolutionizing trade, governance, business, human rights and the myriad of things that are of concern to governments and citizens.

Yet a gulf is emerging between developed and developing countries with regards to access and use of IT thus creating a new development gap through the so-called digital divide. In response countries like The Gambia seek to transform the digital divide into a digital opportunity and put in place strategies to promote the use of IT to boost efficiencies, productivity and service delivery in all sectors of the economy. The Government of The Gambia realizes the liberating potential of the new information technology for improving overall service delivery, good governance, etc. Another aspect of this strategy is providing up-to-date information about The Gambia's economy, business and other relevant information through this new medium hence the launching of this website: www.gambia.gm

As mentioned earlier, the site will give information on The Gambia, its economy, politics, government, business, environment, geography, and other information that Gambians, friends of The Gambia and those with interest in The Gambia will be keen and interested in. Mention will also be made of national policies and programmes in other sectors and sub-sectors.


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