The Gambia Donor Conference in Brussels raised 1.45 billion euros in pledges to fund the NDP. The NDP costs 2.4 billion dollars. This means with this pledge at least 1.6 billion dollars are secured. In today’s official Central Bank exchange rate of D56.6 to 1 euro, the EU pledge will amount to eighty two billion, seventy million dalasi (D82, 070, 000, 000). Given that our 2018 budget is at most nineteen billion dalasi (D19, 000, 000, 000), this means that the EU pledge is 4.3 times more than

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