Infrastructure and Energy

Building our infrastructure and restoring energy services to power our economy

Energy and Electricity: The Gambia is facing an electricity crisis, with demand significantly higher than capacity - old dilapidated equipment, a dysfunctional policy environment that is poorly adapted to attract private sector investment and a power corporation deeply indebted, are among the key challenges faced. The energy situation is a serious constraint on growth and transformation of the economy.Under the plan, government will focus on improving the policy and regulatory environment to attract investments into the energy sector, improve generation capacity, including the use of renewables and access to electricity and enhance household energy security and ensure secured petroleum resources to support national development.

Petroleum: To tap the potential for the new growth opportunity presented by petroleum, government will formulate and implement a sound exploration programme (permits and studies); design and establish a sound licensing regime (license model, sound tax schedules and environment management); formulate petroleum data management policies; review the Petroleum Exploration, Development, and Production Act 2004; and work towards security of supplies.

Transport sector: Government will make a major effort to enhance land, sea, and air transport to boost affordability, accessibility, and competitiveness. Major strategies are Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for infrastructural development; policy reforms; road network expansions; road safety; port expansion and innovative management models; airport improvement; and public works management. Completion of the national road network, its maintenance and expansion of the secondary feeder roads network to improve access in rural areas are key priorities of government under the plan.