The United States Government has granted The Gambia a textile visa, which allows the country to export textile and garment products to the
In her letter, Ambassador Schwab said her office has determined that The Gambia has adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent unlawful transshipment and the use of counterfeit documents in connection with shipments of textile and apparel articles to the
Implementation of the textile visa is guided by the bilateral visa arrangement agreed by the two governments which, among other things, requires producers and exporters of textile and garment products to retain appropriate records and provide such records on request by the government of The Gambia.
In a May 2nd meeting with the Secretary of State for Finance, Musa Bala Gaye, who is currently overseeing the Department of State for Trade, Ambassador Barry L. Wells congratulated the Government and the people of The Gambia on the acquisition of the textile visa. Ambassador Wells expressed his hope that the country's talented fashion designers and other apparel producers would try to make the best use of this great opportunity and assured the Gambian government that the U.S. Embassy would continue to work with the relevant government departments to ensure that the country proceeds rapidly to acquire Category 9 certification.