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Infrastructure and Services: - Laying the Structural Foundations for a Future Gambia

The Gambia is divided by the river into two banks, North and South.  They have no road or rail link despite available technology. The extremely unreliable ferry, or boat services, cannot facilitate efficient and effective movement of people, goods and services.   The primary task of a PDOIS led administration is to construct a road stretch along the north and south banks of the river that will be connected by constructing a bridge   over the River Gambia  at an appropriate  area  in the URR, to ensure free movement of people, goods and services between the two banks.

River transport will be enhanced through construction of wharves along the river banks of major towns to ensure that heavy loads are transported by river to reduce early deterioration of major highways, and give new life to the economic activity of towns along the river.

The bridge that the Gambian and Senegalese governments plan to build  across the Gambia river will be extended to become a port project that will serve  Southern Senegal, the Gambian hinterland and Mali so as to  import and export goods  with greater ease,  as we work to build all the  trans-Gambia roads  into first class roads  in close collaboration  with Senegal and other countries like Guinea Bissau , Guinea and Mali.

Rail link will be explored between Gambia, Senegal and Mali, once the port project takes full shape and sufficient goods are imported or exported through the facility.

A second airport will be built in Basse to serve as a hub for air travel in that catchment area serving Senegal up to Guinea.

Road authorities will be established at village, district, regional and national levels to coordinate activities with authorities responsible for  electricity, water, telecommunication and other services  to ensure that quality services are accessible and affordable and that  there is holistic planning to identify the facilities for each sector  and cooperation effected before any given infrastructure is put in place. In this way, one does not have to destroy roads to lay down pipes or cables at a loss to the Nation. Electricity, water supply, telecommunication services and sewerage and waste disposal will be considered key utilities which will be regulated by National Public Utilities Authority.  The provision of these facilities will be planned and developed together in all villages’ districts, regions and urban settlements. To sign performance contracts with public enterprises to ensure payment of dividends.

Public investments will lead in these sectors supplemented by the private, cooperative and informal sectors because of their centrality to the existence of each person and the nation at large. 

Transportation services for the movement of goods and people by air, land and sea will be given priority, and investment from sovereign national wealth funds, private, cooperative and informal sectors, will be strategically directed to address the needs of the sector on a sustainable basis.

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