Breaking News – The Gambia : ECOWAS statement on the current political situation in the Country

ALL STAKEHOLDERS MUST ENSURE PEACE, SECURITY AND STABILITY IN THE GAMBIA!

The ECOWAS Permanent Mission in The Gambia has been monitoring the various protests being held in the country by the 3-Years-JOTNA, 5-Years-JOTAGUL, the APRC and other intended protests by the 3-Years-JOTNA again on 19 January 2020 and the Gambian Victims Centre in Banjul on 23 January 2020.

Though these protests have so far been peaceful, the ECOWAS Mission wishes to categorically state that it is totally against any group or party that seeks to undermine the constitution of The Gambia and by extension any group that seeks to forcefully demand the removal of any constitutionally and democratically elected government, which contravenes the provisions of the ECOWAS 2001 Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

Furthermore, the ECOWAS mandate requires the Mission to facilitate dialogue and initiatives that will ensure peace, security and stability in the country. The Mission’s engagement with civil society groups, religious groups and other stakeholders in respect of the current developments have all been geared towards this direction.

Deliberate misinformation, distortions and falsehoods about the true and otherwise positive overtures by the Mission aimed at sowing seeds of discord between ECOWAS and Gambian stakeholders and other relevant actors, must be ignored. The ECOWAS Mission will thus not give credence to any group that seeks to be a source of instability. Therefore, any distortions by some actors in respect of previous engagements by ECOWAS must be ignored. The Mission once again wishes to assure Gambian stakeholders and citizens at large that it will continue to facilitate dialogue, peaceful co-existence and stability and put in the necessary measures to enhance a stable and secure environment for national development.

The Mission therefore remains seized within its mandate to work with the Government of The Gambia, Development Partners, Civil Society Organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to peacefully resolve any issues that have the potential to undermine the peace, security and stability in the country.

Sources : The ECOWAS Permanent Mission in The Gambia.

PRESS RELEASE : Ministry of Transport, Works & Infrastructure MDI Road Kanifing

Banjul ( KNN ) :

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure wishes to inform the general public that the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Bijilo, which was under construction is now completed. The ICC will be Inaugurated by the President of the Republic of the Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow on 11th January 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

The ICC, which is a grant by the People’s Republic of China, is a state-of-the-art facility consisting of a plenary hall with seating capacity of 1,031, four adjoining conference halls, VIP rooms, bilateral rooms, press room, meeting rooms, offices, banquet halls and entertainment spaces with beautiful fauna and sea view. The ICC is a symbol of the friendship and cooperation between The Gambia and The People’s Republic of China.

The Ministry further informs the public that the International Conference Centre will be named after the former president, ‘Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre’.

Attendance to the Inauguration ceremony is strictly by invitation and only card bearers will be allowed entry.

The Gambia – MoBSE : Discussions are under way to include Islamic schools in the School Improvement Grant

Banjul – ( KNN ) : Basic and Secondary Education Minister Claudiana Cole said that Islamic schools and private schools are not part of the school improvement grant. She added that it is the only public schools benefiting from the grant.

However, she revealed that discussions are underway to include Islamic and private schools in the SIG program.

She made these remarks while responding to questions from National Assembly members last Wednesday.

She said the School Improvement Grant (SIG) is based on enrollment, adding that lower basic schools in unallocated areas receive 100 deliciaries (D100) per child per year and that schools in poor areas receive 150 deliciaries (D150) per child per year.

Minister Collie added that higher basic schools in non-poor areas receive D575 delsies for every child, while schools in specific poor areas receive D675 delses per child per year.

Ms. Cole also explained that the School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations for every child per year in upper secondary schools that do not receive a government subsidy are D1,800 delsey and the upper secondary schools that receive government subsidies are D1,300 children per year. In addition, D2,000 delseys are awarded to each child to purchase textbooks for all students in grade 10. Islamic schools are not currently benefiting from the School Improvement Scholarship (SIG).

According to her, the budget of 90 million allocated to school feeding is very small in relation to the national demand, adding that government allocations are aimed at supporting government intervention in regions 2 and 4 only.

She noted that 186 schools, are currently benefiting from the program. It is important to note that all schools in Region 4 are covered and only schools in the upper parts of Region 2 can be covered from this allocation, and for this reason we requested an increase in the budget to enable us to cover all schools in these two regions.

Minister Collie added that the other four regions 1, 3, 5 and 6 are the areas of intervention of the World Food Program, noting that the program depends on donor funding. However, due to funding constraints at present, only 315 schools in the four regions were covered.

Sources: The Gambia Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

Banjul-The Gambia :𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄

Banjul – ( KNN ) : Earlier today, President Barrow received a team of young Gambians from GSO, a financial and engineering company affiliated with the association of Gambian manufacturers, who were at the presidency to present a proposed second access road for Banjul.

The proposal, which entails decongestant Banjul as the population and business activities increase in the city, will serve as an alternative road to Denton bridge.

After a comprehensive power point presentation by the team, President Barrow lauded the initiative, saying it is important to have more roads to boost the economy. He, however, advised for a feasibility study to look into the sustainability, the financial implications, and its impact on Gambian lives.

Led by Mr Farimang Saho, the group’s presentation was witnessed by representatives of the Ministries of Finance, Works, The Gambia Investment and Promotion Agency (GIEPA), Department of Strategic Policy Delivery, among others.

Sources : State House of The Gambia .

Breaking News : France supports The Gambia budget with 2 million Euro

( K.N.N ) – Banjul : After 5 M € in 2018, France signed an agreement with The Gambia Government , for an additive budget support of 2 M € . The main objective of this budget support is to safeguard poverty-reduction expenditures. The other projects implemented by the Agence Française de Développement ( French Development Agency ) will come in 2020 (water provision through NAWEC and agriculture). Over 30 M € will be committed over 2018-2020.

Sources : France in The Gambia Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/France-in-the-Gambia-267133000371622/?ref=page_internal

Diplomatic passport scandal: 20 arrested and 289 readable machines missing ( The Gambia )

Banjul ( K.N.N ) : As the investigation into the diplomatic passport scandal deepens, the latest revelations have led to the arrest of 20 suspects, with 289 diplomatic passport readers still missing.

Government spokesman Ebrima Sankareh made the remarks as he gave an update on the latest police investigation in an interview with the West Coast (RADIO) morning breakfast program.

He confirmed that 20 people had been arrested in connection with the diplomatic passport scandal.

However, Sankareh quickly added that all the suspects arrested had been granted bail and were cooperating with the investigation.

He explained that some of the detainees work in the Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Council of Brikama region and the Department of Immigration in the Gambia, businessmen and others. However, he hinted that this figure could increase.

He added that the commission investigating the matter has also provided some very important figures about the complete passport scandal. The investigation also reveals that between 2003 and 2014, a total of 15,996 diplomatic passports were provided by the printing company De La Rue to the Gambia government.

According to him, out of 15,996 diplomatic passports, 12.96 diplomatic passports were deposited in the Gambian Central Bank.

It was discovered during the investigation that 400 passports were issued before the stockpile was handed over to the Gambian Central Bank.

The Central Bank also issued 2000 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the same period, leaving the remaining balance of 10,496 in the vault of the Central Bank.

A government spokesman said 3,100 passports had been received by the Gambia Immigration Service from De La Rue and handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but not to the Central Bank.

Records from the Immigration Department proved that 138 Passports were issued from the stock, adding that 2,650 passports were discovered at the State Department and 23 others recovered from the suspects.

Accordingly, the Commission discovered that 289 machine-readable diplomatic passports remain unknown.

The commission of inquiry has also contacted Interpol to write counterparts and to cancel diplomatic passports issued to some investors who received diplomatic passports.

In 2008, there were some German investors, who managed to maneuver and were issued diplomatic passports and paid 10,000 euros.

He added that this figure is the highest figures revealed by the Commission of Inquiry in which people obtained passports.

The investigation is ongoing and witnesses are cooperating with the police in the case.

By Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of Kabiru News Network ( K.N.N ).

Amie Bojang-Sissoho : President Barrow doors are Open to Dialogue Over 3 Years agreement

The Gambia ( KN.N ) 19 / 09 /2019 : The director of press and public relations at State House, Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho, has said that President Adama Barrow doors are open to dialogue with Gambians over the 3-years agreement.

“The President’s decision is that as a nation we must discuss and have a dialogue in a context that will help us move forward because what he wants is to make this country better than what it is for all .
In order to do that his perspective on the three years issue is for us to have a dialogue on the matter,” Ms. Bojang said at a press briefing at State House yesterday Wednesday 18 / 09 / 2019 .

She said the President is also understand the fact that there cannot be peace without dialogue.

“Yes, if the government fails to realize its dreams President Barrow will take the blame as the head of state.

But it is the responsibility of every institution in the Gambia that has a stake in the national development plan to make sure that you do what is expected of you…not for President Barrow to succeed but for the greater good of the Gambia,” she noted.

By Kabiru Sagnia : Chief Editor of Kabiru News network (K.N.N).

Breaking News : The Gambia Government appeals to women to report any “aggression committed” by former Dictator Yahya Jammeh against them

The Gambia government has called on all women and girls in the country to report any sexual violence they have suffered from former Dictator Yahya Jammeh.

The appeal comes after former beauty queen Fatou Jallow told the BBC that the former president had sexually assaulted her when he was a President of the country in 2015.

The BBC tried to contact President Jammeh, who lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea, to respond to the charge, but did not succeed.

A spokesman for Jammeh’s National Alliance for Reorientation and Construction denied all charges against the former president.

“We are a party, and the Gambian people are fed up with the unfounded allegations against our former president,” Othman Rambo Jatta, a party spokesman, said in a written statement to the BBC.

THE GAMBIA : Police warn about unauthorized demonstration

The Gambia police force has warned against public demonstration without a police permit adding that it was illegal and unlawful.   

A press release issued by the office of the Inspector General of Police stated that they “were aware of an audio circulating on social media about an intent to demonstrate without a permit which contravenes the principles of democracy.

“Therefore it’s important to note that under section 178 of the 1997 constitution, the Police Force is responsible to preserve, protect and maintain public peace.

There is nowhere in the world where a person or group of persons occupy the streets without the consent of the relevant authorities whose presence will be to protect lives and properties of everyone.

“The public is hereby reminded that the Office of the Inspector General will use all means reasonable to ensure that the peace and tranquillity of this country will never be compromised in all its forms.

“Furthermore, those who may want to protest or demonstrate should ensure that they comply with the law in order to be protected by the law.

“In as much as being in a democratic society one has the right to the enjoyment of fundamental human rights, but of course such rights go with certain responsibilities.

THE GAMBIA: The Gambia’s 54th Independence celebrations coverage

The Office of the President is pleased to announce that media accreditation for coverage of the forthcoming Independence celebrations of our beloved Republic is open. This year’s activities will take place between the 16th – 21st February 2019.

Heads of bona fide media organizations, both accredited and non-accredited State House media, interested in covering the events should send a notice of interest in writing to the Office of the DPPR listing their representative(s) to info.dppr.op@gmail.com. Each media house can accredit up to:

1) Two reporters and a camera-person for newspapers and news agencies;
2) Two TV crews (one reporter and a cameraman each). However, media houses interested in live coverage can apply for more, and each case will be treated separately.
3) Two reporters for each radio station

Deadline for submission of application is 4:00 P.M, Wednesday, 12th February 2019.

The Gambia : Deputy imam comments about gay marriage

The deputy imam of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe Abibou Choi, has urged government not to draft laws that would allow same sex marriage.

He said that the current Gambian Constitution provides for marriage between two people but added he was not sure whether it specifies gender.

He urged the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) to draft laws in the new constitution that would prohibit sodomy.

“I want the constitution to state clearly that only a man and woman should marry each other,” he opined.

He urged that if the constitution allows people to marry without specifying gender; that could encourage people of the same gender to marry each other and claim that it is their constitutional right and that nobody would be able stop them from practicing sodomy.

Imam Choi also spoke at length on the importance of the Friday prayer and stressed the need for the day (Friday) to be made a holiday for Muslim workers.

The Gambia : Jammeh is not in( APRC ) list submitted to the ( IEC )

Despite the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction’s claims that former President Yahya Jammeh is re-elected as their party leader and secretary general, the former president’s name is not in the list that was submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission, IEC.
“The list we got from the APRC did not include Jammeh. As far as the IEC is concerned, the list that they officially gave us stated that Fabakary Tombong Jatta is the party and the list did not include Jammeh at all,” IEC chairman, Alieu Mamarr Njai confirmed to The Standard yesterday.

“The list of the APRC executive goes as follows: Ousman Rambo Jatta, first deputy, Borry Colley, second deputy, Yankuba Colley, national mobiliser, Amul Nyass, spokesperson, etc. But Jammeh is not in the list, that I can confirm,” Chairman Njai said.
Asked whether it is legally right for anyone to call Jammeh party leader of APRC in light of the above, Njai replied: “As far as the IEC is concerned, the official list shared with us is the APRC executive and that does not include Jammeh. That is what I can say.”

The Gambia :“I pledge my commitment not to interfere in the judiciary” ( President Barrow )

Delivering a strong message of assurance at the opening of the 2019 Legal Year, President Barrow has reaffirmed his government’s commitment to continue ensuring a judiciary free from executive overreach.

“On this auspicious occasion, I once again pledge my firm commitment not to interfere in the judicial administration of the country”, the President said.

The President said his administration has broken free from the intolerable practice of sacking Judicial officers without any just cause, as witnessed in the past, stressing that no judicial officer has been arbitrarily dismissed from office since he assumed office.

He also pointed out the appointments of human rights lawyers as Chief Justice and Minister of Justice, respectively, as well as the swift reconstitution of the Supreme Court after a three-year break, as testaments of respect for the third arm of the government.

The Chief Justice and the Minister of Justice joined the President in paying glowing tribute to the high level of judicial independence under the current govt.

“You [President Barrow] have lived up to your assurance of no interference in the judiciary both in public and private”, stressed the Chief Justice, Hassan B. Jallow.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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