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Government-by-Government Assessments: The Gambia

During the review period, the government’s budget and information on debt obligations were widely and easily accessible to the public, including online.  The budget was substantially complete and generally reliable.  The supreme audit institution reviewed the government’s accounts and made its reports publicly available.  The government specified in law the criteria and procedures for awarding natural resource extraction contracts and licenses but did not appear to follow those regulations in practice.  Basic information on natural resource extraction awards was not always publicly available.

The Gambia’s fiscal transparency would be improved by:

  • Following natural resource extraction regulations in practice; and
  • Making basic information on natural resource extraction contracts publicly available.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future