The Gambia : First lady Barrow Launches Child protection and Nutrition Project

State House, Banjul, 31st January, 2019 – Her Excellency, First Lady Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow on Wednesday 30th January, 2019, presided over the launching of Nsaa Keno: Nutrition and Protection for Children on the Move project at Jarra Soma, Lower River Region.

The project seeks to strengthen regional and local government structures, provide an opportunity for all people to understand the rights of children, and the need for their protection. Additionally, it is designed to provide adequate nutrition to maximize the potential of children in the country.

In her statement, the First lady described the launching as opportunity for government and stakeholders to fulfill their commitment to upholding Children’s rights. She said in her new role as a champion of the Children on the Move initiative, she would continue advocating for the implementation of enacted legislation and policies that protects the rights of children.

‘’I will continue working with Civil Society Organizations and the UN system in The Gambia to reach out to communities and families in a bid to increase awareness on how to ensure and maintain the best interest of the child at all times’’, she stressed.

First lady Barrow commended the Italian government, through its Ambassador, and the UN system in The Gambia, particularly UNICEF and UNDP, for supporting such a project.For her part, the Governor of Lower River Region, Fatou Jammeh Touray said the Nsa Kenno project will provide better social services to the taxpayers and make decentralization a smooth process.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Seraphine Wakana highlighted the leading role UN plays in pushing the agenda of the government, particularly the National Development Plan, while stating that the project is aimed at reducing malnutrition among children and discouraging migration through creating opportunities. The Italian Ambassador to Senegal, Francesco Paalo Vanier said children issues are as important to Italy as it is to Gambia. He said the fight against child malnutrition is breaking away from poverty.
The event was punctuated by cultural performances by women group in the Soma.

European parties to JCPOA launch a new payment channel with Iran

The European parties to the 2015 Iran deal formally announce the launch of a long-awaited direct payment mechanism meant to safeguard their trade ties with Tehran in the face of the “toughest ever” American sanctions.

Following months-long preparations, foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain finally unveiled the mechanism — officially called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) — on Thursday following a summit in Bucharest.

“France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in accordance with their resolute commitment and continued efforts to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) endorsed by United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, announce the creation of INSTEX SAS (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) aimed at facilitating legitimate trade between European economic operators and Iran,” the three foreign ministers said in a joint statement,” they said in a joint statement.

The Gambia : Migration: We must take domestic challenges into consideration – President Barrow tells Spanish Interior Minister

State House, Banjul, 30th January, 2019 – His Excellency, President Adama Barrow told the visiting Interior Minister of Spain that any progressive discussion on migration between the Kingdom of Spain, and the European Union in general, must take into account domestic socio-economic challenges facing The Gambia and other African countries as a whole.

President Barrow made the remarks during a courtesy call with the Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of Spain at the State House in Banjul. The high ranking Spanish official is in the country to discuss and strengthen bilateral relations with his Gambian counterpart – the Minister of Interior, Hon. Ebrima Mballow, who accompanied them to the State House.

The President said cooperation with European partners must include development strategies focused on building capacities to empower youths as well as strengthen the national economy for jobs creation in order to reduce exodus of youths and the risks cross-border criminal activities.
While stating that The Gambia has a long standing relations with the people and government of the Kingdom of Spain, the president said his government is committed to advancing the ties from strength to strength.

Following the closed-door discussion with the president, His Excellency, Mr. Fernando Grandea Marlaska Gomez spoke to the State House media corps reaffirming the position of the president on the migration debate: “We agreed that security should not be our only area of consideration… other social and economic areas are equally important to security. If we want to get a peaceful relations between Europe and Africa, we have to get into development”.

He added that Spain and The Gambia are going to work to improve the human resource base of Gambians, particularly security outfits in the areas civil protection, among others. He argued that fighting irregular migration networks is a common concern for both countries. And so are transnational criminal organizations such as narcotic networks.
The Minister maintained that everyone has the right to live anywhere they want. People should also be given the opportunity to live where they want, according to the diplomat. Therefore, Spain and The Gambia have to work together to be in equal partnership, he added.

President Barrow Promises Support to Gambian Music as He Receives ST Brikama Boyo

State House, Banjul, 29th January 2019 – His Excellency, President Adama Barrow said his government is committed to creating the right environment for the promotion and development of The Gambian music industry.

President Barrow made the remarks on Tuesday during a closed-door audience with ST Brikama Boyo, one of the leading Gambian artists, at the State House.

Stressing that his government would promulgate the right policies to protect the sector and provide the right environment for local artists to excel, the president advised the multiple award winning artist to remain steadfast and focus on his career. “You need to remain focused, responsible and committed to always breaking new grounds in your music. With the right environment, you can take your music to high levels and make it a successful enterprise for yourself and the country,” he advised.

The President congratulated the Brikama-based artist on the successful launch of his album in late 2018, which was described by many observers as the single biggest gathering by a Gambian artist.

Describing the outcome of the meeting as ‘’very positive’’, ST, whose birth name is Sanna Singhateh, told the State House Press Corps that he was at the presidency to bring the attention of the President to some of the challenges Gambian artists grapple with in their profession. While stating that the President was receptive to the issues raised, ST said he was left convinced that the president was willing to take a step further to support Gambian artists.

The rapper concluded that Gambian artists need protection: “We have seen a lot of artists who will rise up but end up with nothing. So I think it is high time we put Gambian artists in the spotlight and devise ways to develop their industry”.

The Gambia:AMBASSADOR RAMZIA DIAB PRESENTS LETTER OF CREDENCE TO PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE

Her Excellency Madam Ramzia Diab Ghanim, the Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Gambia to Philippines, on Monday 21st January 2019, presented her Letter of Credence to H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the President of the Republic of Philippines at his official residence at Malacañang Palace.

H.E. Ambassador Ramzia Diab was accompanied by the Gambian Honorary Consul in Philippines, Ms Maria Agnes T. Huibonhoa and Ms Ajie Bintou Bojang, Protocol Officer.
H.E. Ambassador Ramzia Diab conveyed the fraternal greetings of H.E. President Adama Barrow to president Duterte and informed him of the desire of The Gambia Government to further improve the ties of friendship and cooperation shared between the governments and peoples of The Gambia and the Philippines.

She is also informed Philippines’ President of the priority sectors of The Gambia Government and expressed the strong wish of government to cooperate with the Philippines Government in key sectors such as health, agriculture, tourism, human capital development, among other pressing areas.

H.E. Ambassador Ramzia Diab thanked the Philippines President for the support his government and people have rendered to the Gambian Government while expressing confidence that the commitment of the governments and peoples of the two countries will be an impetus for greater cooperation and solidarity on issues that are mutually beneficial. She also explained that The Gambia has come out of 22 years of autocratic rule in December 2016, and has an agenda to revive cordial relations with her friends.

She stated that The Gambia government under the leadership of His Excellency President Adama Barrow wishes to strengthen the agreements on scientific and technological cooperation that have been signed in 1996 as well as its cooperation in health and medicine signed in 1999.

H.E. Ambassador Ramzia Diab emphasised His Excellency President Adama Barrow’s relentless efforts to bring The Gambia back to its glorious days where people enjoyed peaceful coexistence and freedom of speech.
“On this basis therefore, the Gambian Government is very optimistic that numerous opportunities will continue to be unveiled for greater interaction between the public and private institutions in the two countries,” she said.
In his reply, President Duterte stated his pleasure in accepting the Credentials of H.E Ambassador Ramzia Diab Ghanim and emphasised the willingness of his government to further strengthen the relations between the two countries.
H.E. Ambassador Ramzia Diab Ghanim also visited Rizal Park where wreath-laying ceremony was conducted and also inspected a Guard of Honour that was mounted by the officers of the Philippines Military, followed by Guestbook Signing at President’s Hall Ante Room.

Embassy of The Gambia in Malaysia

D.R.C :President Tshisekedi calls for unity as he steps into the presidency

The new president of Democratic Republic of Congo , Felix Tshisekedi has called for national reconciliation to take the nation forward.

Tshisekedi, who succeeded Joseph Kabila in Congo’s first transfer of power via an election after 59 years of independence, said the country had long been divided, slowing down its development.

In his address, Tshisekedi called for “a reconciled Congo” following a contentious election that saw him narrowly defeat another opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, and Kabila’s hand-picked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

“We want to build a strong Congo, turned toward its development in peace and security,” he said to cheers from thousands of supporters on the lawn of the presidential palace. “A Congo for all, in which everyone has a place.”

The Gambia : President Barrow pledges support to Senegalo-Gambia Women Group

Today at the State House in Banjul, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow received a delegation of Senegalo Gambian Network of Women Entrepreneurs and leaders.

The delegation was at the presidency to discuss with the head of state the challenges they are faced with in facilitating trade between the Gambia and Senegal, and beyond.

President Barrow having keenly listened to the concerns of the women, assured them of his government’s support while emphasizing that, women’s advancement and empowerment are integral to his government’s development plan, the NDP 2018-2021.

The NDP allocates a yearly budget of D5 million to an entrepreneurship fund to promote women’s economic empowerment.

“When women move forward, society moves along with them. Women are integral to the transformation process of the new Gambia. President Sall and I are committed to taking this Senegal-Gambia relations at all levels,” He informed.

AMBASSADOR KAH PRESENTS LETTER OF CREDENCE TO PRESIDENT OF SWISS CONFEDERATION

His Excellency, Yusupha Alieu Kah, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of The Gambia to Swiss Confederation and Permanent Representative of The Gambia to the United Nations Office, WTO and other International Organisations in Geneva, on 15th January 2019 presented his letter of credence to His Excellency Mr. Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Federal Council in Bern, Switzerland.

Ambassador Kah conveyed to President Maurer greetings and best wishes from His Excellency President Adama Barrow and the People of The Gambia. He discussed issues of bilateral interest between the two countries as well as the broad objectives of The Gambia National Development Plan (NDP).

President Maurer in his remarks welcomed Ambassador Kah to Switzerland, and commended The Gambia’s impressive progress under President Barrow’s administration and assured him of the cooperation of Swiss Government in advancing the common agenda of the two countries.

In other engagements while in Bern, the Gambian diplomat met with the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Department and Senior officials of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and discussed ways and means of expanding and deepening cooperation between the two countries.

Sudan : Qatari Emir says he supports unity of Sudan after meeting with Omar Al-Bashir

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AL-Bashir with the Emir of Qatar during his last visit to Doha 22/01/2019

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir has visited Qatar, where Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani offered support to solve the recent crises of African country, which is grappling with anti-government protests.

Bashir arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as protests triggered by rising prices and shortages of food and fuel have intensified at home. The public display of anger has now escalated into calls for Bashir to step down as soon as possible .

“President Bashir briefed the Emir on the latest updates regarding the situation and challenges facing the country,” the court of Sheikh Tamim said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Emir affirmed Qatar’s firm stance on Sudan’s unity and stability, and they discussed the latest developments in the Darfur peace process,” the statement added.

The Gambia : Week 2 of Royal Gibraltar Regiments Training and Mentoring Mission to the Country

Week 2 of the Royal Gibraltar Regiments Training and Mentoring Mission to #Gambia in aid of #UnitedNations mission in #Darfur led by UNAMID.

This week saw the Regiment train #Gambian #ArmedForces on Mine and IED awareness, utilising the Regiments experience from #Iraq, #Afghanistan & #Brunei. The end of the week saw #RG instructors teaching Section and Platoon Urban Operations skills, tactics and drills.

This training package is designed to enable the #Gambian #Army‘s Instructors to train their soldiers for Pre-deployment Training to #Darfur.

#BetheBest #Gibraltar #PeaceSecurity #Training #Mentoring

Sudan : Security forces have fired tear gas on protesters

Sudanese President Al-Bashir

Several protesters on Sunday blocked al-Arbaeen Street, one of the main roads in Omdurman, the second largest city in Sudan. Demonstrators also crowded the main streets of the capital Khartoum.

The peaceful rallies turned violent after the security personnel, some in uniform and some plainclothes, got off from some 30 all-terrain trucks and began firing tear gas canisters, stun grenades and live ammunition to disperse protests in both major cities.

According to witnesses, security forces also arrested hundreds of opposition figures, activists and demonstrators.

Breaking News: Trans-Gambia Bridge to be officially open by tomorrow Monday 21/01/2019

It’s not a mere coincidence that the historic TransGambia bridge will be commissioned by these two visionary leaders who hold a shared belief that African integration is a possibility and must begin in the Great Senegambia region.

Breaking News The Gambia : Japan to build new hospital in Brikama

Today has witnessed an interesting line of events at the State House in Banjul. Aside the commissioning of the ambulances, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow has received in audience Mr. Kenji Yamada, a special envoy of the Japanese President.

Mr Kenji was accompanied to the State House by Momodou Tangara, The Gambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister.

During a closed-door meeting, the Parliamentary vice-Minister of Japan revealed plans by his government to build a first class health facility in Brikama, through bilateral cooperation agreement.

President Barrow Meeting with Japanese Delegation

President Barrow in receiving the delegation expressed delight at Japanese support, particularly, in the areas of agriculture and fisheries.
He re-echoed the fact that his mandate as President is a social contract he had with Gambians when he was voted into office, stressing that his focus during this period is to work hard to fulfill promises he made to the voters despite challenges his government is confronted with.

The delegation held closed door talks with President Barrow on matters of multilateral and bilateral cooperation, aimed at strengthening partnership between the two governments.

BREAKING NEWS The Gambia : President Adama Barrow to Inaugurate TransGambia Bridge on Monday

State House, Banjul, 17th January, 2019 – The Public is hereby informed that His Excellency, Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia, alongside His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, will on Monday 21st January 2019 preside over the inauguration of the much anticipated Trans-Gambia Bridge.

The bridge, which is part of the Trans-Gambian Road Corridor, is a vital economic and strategic link connecting north and south banks of the River Gambia as well as The Gambia, Senegal and other countries in the sub-region.

Following a long lull in the construction of the bridge during the former regime, the Barrow government upon coming into office took up the completion of the project as a key priority. Taking into account the strategic interest of the country and in line with the integration agenda of the ECOWAS sub-region, the Barrow government mobilized the much needed funds from the African Development Bank to continue the construction.

The potentials of a bridge at Bamba Tenda – Yelli Tenda crossing prompted President Barrow and other Senegambian leaders before him to support this major infrastructural development project for the good of the peoples of both countries, and the entire region by extension. Thus, it is with delight that the President takes great pride in overseeing the completion and inauguration of a pan-African project that captures the interest of several sub-regional leaders since the immediate post-independence era.

The bridge is one of the biggest in the sub-region with a length of 1.9 kilo meters and over five stories high. It is designed to be a tolled-bridge that would accommodate the passage of most vessels, while longer-mast boats can easily fold their masts to pass through the bridge. Fifty seven percent of workers are Gambians, eighteen per cent expatriates, and twenty per cent other ECOWAS citizens.

The Gambia : Turkish embassy in Gambia donates military equipment to Gambia army

The Turkish government via the Turkish Embassy in The Gambia has donated military equipment to the Gambian army headquarters in Banjul on Tuesday bringing its support to country’s military to $1.4M (D70 million) from 2018 to now.

“This cooperation manner is a technical assistant program that has been going in last sixteen years and in that respect the total volume of the assistant (received from 2018 to 2019) is $1.4 equivalent to D70M. In addition to this items we are expecting another items which will arrive soon,” said Turkish ambassador to Gambia Ismail Sefa Yuceer.

Nigeria : Boko Haram kills seven people after attacking a military base in Nigeria

A military source said the attack was carried out in Rann, some 175 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, late on Monday afternoon.

He said that poor visibility due to seasonal Harmattan winds obstructed the deployment of air force jets, and soldiers were forced to withdraw.

“So far we have three soldiers killed and two others are still unaccounted for,” the source said.

President Barrow Receives Egyptian Investors

State House, Banjul, 14th January, 2019 – His Excellency, President Adama Barrow, received at the State House in Banjul a group of investors from the Arab Republic of Egypt today. The Egyptian investors expressed interest in agricultural processing and manufacturing, rice production, energy and tourism industries.

The visit came in the aftermath of President Barrow’s recent visit to Egypt, where he held talks with President Al-Sisi on renewing bilateral relations based on action-oriented programmes. “Gambia’s pursuit of economic growth includes trade and investment policies that adds value to our produce and ensures exports,” President Barrow told the delegates.

Agriculture and tourism constitute the main pillar of The Gambian economy, and equally are key priority areas of the government’s development blueprint (NDP 2018-2921). Consequently, the president during his remarks assured the investors of his government’s policies and programmes to mechanizing agriculture using modern technologies.

The investors, led by Mr. Ayman El-Gamil, Chairman of the ‘Cairo Three A Group’, described President Barrow as an open minded leader with a good heart for the development of The Gambia.

“The President was receptive to our proposals; he expressed support to our business and investment proposals and gave it his blessing. We are ready to start as soon as a land is allocated and the protocols sorted,” Mr. El-Gamil said.

President Barrow and Al-Sisi of Egypt
President Barrow and Al-Sisi During his last visit to Egypt