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  • Kunta Kinte, the main character of the famous novel ‘Roots’, was reputed to come from the Gambian village of Jufureh
  • The official name of The Gambia used to be just ‘Gambia’. The nation developed into ‘The Gambia’ because of mail bound for Gambia mistakenly being sent to Zambia!
  • The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa, and is around the size of a county in the United Kingdom

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The Gambia PEO Services

A peaceful African country with a rich history and vibrant culture.

As a stable, open market with a large English-speaking population, it’s to be expected that The Gambia is a growing nation for foreign businesses and investors exploring their global expansion options. On top of this, the small nation of The Gambia is considered one of the most peaceful countries in Africa, with a rich history, vibrant culture, and a friendly population.

Formally a British Colony, The Gambia gained independence on February 18th, 1965, and has since been a member of the Commonwealth. For foreign businesses, The Gambia offers strategic access to the African market and workforce, presenting a vast array of business opportunities.

Working in The Gambia

Employment Information

The Gambia’s major industries are made up of tourism, agriculture, fisheries, and trading (of foods, fuel, textiles, and construction materials). Some of the prospective and growing industries in The Gambia include offshore petroleum and mining. While expanding a business into The Gambia can present some challenges, a Gambia PEO provider such as Gibson Watts Global can significantly simplify the process.

The Gambia has an estimated GDP of around $2bn (as of 2021).

  • The usual working hours in The Gambia are Mondays to Thursdays, from 8/9am to 4pm. Friday in The Gambia is a half day (8am to 1pm) due to Islamic prayers at 2pm.
  • With wide Christian and Muslim groups throughout the country, The Gambia observes a range of relevant religious public holidays.
  • Some of the public holidays in The Gambia include:
    • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day
    • 18 Feb – Independence Day
    • 15 April – Good Friday
    • 18 April – Easter Monday
    • 1 May – May Day
    • 2/3 May – Koriteh
    • 25 May – Africa Day
    • 9 July – Tobaski
    • 8 August – Ashura
    • 15 August – Assumption Day
    • 8 October – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
    • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Maternity allowances are provided in The Gambia, with 6 months’ leave with full pay being required by law.
  • Some of the taxes that must be considered by employees and employers in The Gambia include the following:
    • Corporate Income Tax
    • PAYE Employment Income Tax
    • VAT
    • Withholding Tax
    • Capital Gains Tax
    • Fringe Benefits Tax
    • Rent Tax
    • Payroll Expatriate Tax
    • Foreign tax Credits
    • Capital Allowance
  • Some foreign nationals in The Gambia are exempt from securing a visa. This includes many countries within the European Union.

Cultural Information

Most of The Gambia’s population is Muslim, however large groups of Christians are present across the nation. The official language of The Gambia is English.

The Gambia also has several tribes throughout the country, these are mostly comprised of the Wollof, Mandinka, Fukani, Jola, Manjago, Serer, Serehule, Creole/Aku tribes.

As of 2020, The Gambia has a population of around 2.4 million.

Impacts from COVID-19

Following the COVID-19, many employers chose to adopt flexible and remote working patterns. This is not mandatory; however, a range of industries chose to implement these measures regardless. For some businesses. These patterns are likely to continue as the country embraces more flexible working routines.

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