The Gambia is consolidating its democratic change by successfully organizing peaceful and transparent elections. President Barrow was reelected for a second five-year term in December 2021; his party and its alliance hold half of the parliamentary seats following an election in April 2022. A fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in late 2021-early 2022. New infection cases have dropped to almost nil recently. The vaccination rate currently stands at about 20 percent of the adult population. The Gambia is already facing significant repercussions of the war in Ukraine.
national policy for customs control and risk management.
14. With respect to expenditure, the authorities’ spendingrationalizationefforts will help reduce primary current spending and domestically financed infrastructure spending by 2 percent of GDP between 2022–27. The plan is for pandemic-related spending to unwind and capital spending pressures to ease as major projects reach completion. In addition the authorities have banned non-essential travel in government and reduced official allowances related to travel, communication and fuel. Public financial management