Information Technology in The Gambia, West Africa
The new high speed internet access can be the catalyst to transform The Gambia into a financial center, a tourist paradise, a trading, export-oriented agricultural and manufacturing nation, thriving on free market policies and a vibrant private sector, sustained by a well-educated, trained, skilled, healthy, self-reliant and enterprising population.
Gambians are eager to learn about computers, information systems and the Internet and want to be able to improve their lives in whatever way possible. Increasingly employers are demanding computer skills as a condition for employment. Internet access and training improves their opportunity for employment, increases their access to information and brings the power of networking and communicating with others around the world.
The digital economy offers business opportunities for internet entrepreneurs in Africa. With English widely spoken and very little time difference between Gambia and most of Western Europe the potential now exists for Gambia to become an outsourcing centre for IT and web development projects as in India.
The important issue is to raise the scope of IT skills and expertise in businesses and organisations that have most to gain from contact with the internet community locally, in the rest of Africa and across the world.