The Gambia, a small West African country with limited resources has began to experience the diffusion of information technology. The dawn of the digital economy in this small West African country has already begun. In order for the Gambia to reap the benefits of this new info-economy, the government needs to identify information technology (IT) as a strategic tool. This paper attempts to discuss the country’s experience with IT, significance of IT in this small West African economy, and the potential role of IT. Furthermore, the paper also highlights some of the issues, challenges, opportunities and questions faced as the Gambia slowly and quietly builds her information economy. The paper concludes by examining the challenges faced in building and information infrastructure an info-economy in The Gambia and the strategic significance of IT in the economic growth, development and improvement of quality of life in the Gambia.
Kah, Muhammadou M.O., "Strategic Significance of Information Technology: The Gambia, West Africa" (2000). AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. 359.