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Since achieving independence in 1965, The Gambia like other African countries has aspired to achieve economic development. Notwithstanding the various development plans, this aspiration has proved to be an uphill challenge. Notable among these challenges are the vices of corruption, inadequate governance, and to some extent some of the attributes and tenets of our culture.

The Book-Plight of a Nation- looks at The Gambia’s economic development aspirations under the mantle of both the leadership of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC).

Under the leadership of the president of the First Republic, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara,the PPP attempted to address the economic development aspirations of the country through three development agendas outlined in sessional papers that spanned from 1964 through 1974.The lack of focus and the unrealistic time lines for realization of these economic development aspirations led to the first comprehensive economic development plan for the country. The development plan of 1975/76-1980/81.

Under the leadership of the President of the second republic, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Yaya Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh, the APRC would take up the aspirations of delivering The Gambia from its wants of economic development through the pronouncement of vision 2020.Labelled a private Sector led-development initiative ,vision 2020 aspires to register meaningful economic development for the country. Principal among these are rendering The Gambia a Silicon Valley, becoming a sub-regional financial Centre, becoming a Net-Exporter nation, becoming a tourist paradise and becoming a middle income country by 2020.

Under these rather ambitious feats, the book examines the likely challenges that could confront vision 2020 asking in the process if the strategies outlined by the vision were indeed capable of achieving the set objectives.

Examining the possible challenges that could confront the vision, recommendations are made as to alternatives the government could explore to help to increase the chances of realizing the aspirations of vision 2020.

The Plight of a Nation is available at Timbookto , Harry’s Super Market and Right Choice Supermarket or contact Benjamin Roberts on


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