Japan-Gambia Relations

April 6, 2022

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 18 February, 1965 (Date of the recognition of the State)

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in The Gambia: 8 (as of March 2022)
  • Number of Gambian nationals residing in Japan: 98 (as of December 2020)

Trade with Japan (2020):

  • Exports: 390 million yen (animal based-fats, machinery and conveyors etc.)
  • Imports: 17.5 million yen (rice and animals, machinery and conveyors etc.)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (cumulative total up to FY2019):

  • Loans: none
  • Grants: 17.842 billion yen
  • Technical cooperation: 3.255 billion yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to the Republic of The Gambia:
Year Name
May 2005 Ambassador in Charge of Peace Building in Africa and Special Envoy for UN Reform, SATO Keitaro
Jul. 2006 Ambassador in Charge of Peace Building in Africa and Special Envoy for UN Reform, SATO Keitaro (AU Summit)
Aug 2013 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, ABE Toshiko
Jun. 2016 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, HAMACHI Masakazu
Jan. 2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, YAMADA Kenji
From the Republic of The Gambia to Japan:
Year Name
Mar. 2003 Secretary of State for Fisheries, Natural Resources and Environment, Susan Waffa-Ogoo (the 3rd World Water Forum)
Sep. 2003 Director, Loans and Debt Management of the Department of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Baboucarr H.M. JALLOW (TICAD III)
Mar. 2006 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of The Gambia to the United Nations, Crispin Grey-Johnson
Aug. 2007 Secretary of State for Trade, Industry and Employment, Abdou KOLLEY
May 2008 Vice President and Secretary of States for Women's Affairs, Isatou NJIE-SAIDY (TICAD IV)
Oct. 2010 Minister of Forestry and the Environment, Jato Sillah (the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity)
Mar. 2012 Minister of Forestry and the Environment, Fatou GAYE
June 2013 President of the Republic of The Gambia, Yahya A.J.J. JAMMEH (TICAD V)
March 2016 Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to the UN, Mr. Mamadou TANGARA
Oct. 2018 Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Mr. Mamadou TANGARA (TICAD Ministerial Meeting)
Aug. 2019 Vice President TOURAY (TICAD7)
Oct. 2019 Speaker of National Assembly, Ms. JACK-DENTON (Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden)
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