Monday 22 May 2017
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(Daily Observer 05/31/13)
The president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh, Thursday donated 85 laptops to the members of the armed and security services. The presentation ceremony was held at State House in Banjul. The vice president and minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy, presented the laptops on behalf of the Gambian leader to the beneficiaries. The computers were used by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the past voter registration exercise and previous electoral activities. The beneficiaries are: Gambia Armed Forces, 15 laptops; Gambia Police Force, 15; Gambia Immigration Department, 10; National Intelligence Agency, 15; Gambia Prison Services, 5; National Drug Enforcement Agency, 5; Gambia Revenue Authority, 15; and the Gambia Fire and...
(ASN American street news 05/31/13)
On April 29, 2013 word reached us that Saul Ndow and Mahawa Cham, two Gambian citizens were being held hostage by one of the Casamance rebel factions somewhere in Ziguinchor; the zone of contention in the southern region of the Republic of Senegal. During this ordeal, the Gambian community around the world, friends of Gambia and particularly Saul and Mahawa’s family expressed grave concerns about their safety and whereabouts. While rumors abound about their safety and the unthinkable act of surrendering our brothers to Yahya Jammeh, we cannot remain silent any longer. We have given this nightmare ample time to unravel itself to no avail. The most recent information about these brothers is that, whoever held them hostage in Senegalese...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Daily Observer 05/30/13)
The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J Jammeh, accompanied by Her Excellency The First Lady of The Republic, Madam Zeineb Yahya Jammeh and a high powered delegation will leave Banjul today, Thursday, May 30th 2013, to attend the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in Yakohama, Japan, a press release from the Office of the President revealed. The release reads: His Excellency The President of the Republic of The Gambia Sheikh Professor Alhagie Dr. Yahya A.J.J Jammeh accompanied by Her Excellency The First Lady of The Republic, Madam Zeineb Yahya Jammeh and a high powered delegation will leave Banjul International Airport on Thursday May 30th at 8:00am to attend the fifth Tokyo International...
(ASN American street news 05/30/13)
The Gambia continues to face a heavy debt burden, particularly from domestic debt, which largely consists of short-term Treasury bills, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. The IMF said interest costs, especially on T-bills, consume a large share of government revenue, and rollover risks are high. Based on external debt indicators, however, The Gambia’s risk of debt distress has improved to moderate. IMF said fiscal slippages in late 2012 led to higher-than-expected domestic borrowing during the year. “This weakened the government’s credibility that it will achieve its goal of a gradual fiscal adjustment to get domestic debt under control. For 2013, the authorities have taken steps to address such slippages, including the recent submission of a supplementary budget to the...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Jollofnews 05/29/13)
(JollofNews) – Amnesty International has indicted the Gambian regime of President Yahya Jammeh over its human rights record and treatment of Gambians. In its annual human rights report on the Gambia released yesterday, Amnesty International renewed its condemnation of the execution of nine death row inmates last August. It said the prisoners were killed without prior notification or exhausting all of their appeals. It added that some of the executed prisoners were convicted after trials that did not meet the international fair trial standards. Amnesty International stated that over the past year, officers of the Gambian National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and police routinely carried out arbitrary arrests and people were often held without charge and beyond the 72-hour time limit...
(The Point 05/29/13)
A team of six medical and nursing personnel from Mackay Memorial Hospital (MMH) in Taiwan, from 15 to 24 May 2013, visited The Gambia to offer free medical services to the sick. During the course of their stay the team was able to successfully complete their mission, by delivering medical services at Serekunda Hospital from 16-18 May; Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital from 20-21 May; and Brikama Major Health Centre from 22-24 May. The team also provided surgical services at Serekunda Hospital between 16 and 23 May. This was the fifth time MMH medical team came to The Gambia since August 2010, demonstrating long-standing commitment of both the governments of the ROC (Taiwan) and The Gambia to promote the well-being...
(Freedom Newspaper 05/29/13)
Pa, This is The Soldier again. My able boss, permission to write, I know it is granted. Pa and fellow Gambians, according to reliable information coming from ministry of foreign affairs and finance dictator Jammeh and devil Zeinab are going to Tokyo on Thursday. This is the first time devil Zeinab is accompanying dictator Jammeh . Devil Zeinab is going to shop in Tokyo. Traveling with devil Zeinab and dictator Jammeh are Njogu Bah, secretary to the cabinet and many others. Pa and fellow Gambians, dictator Jammeh just returned from Ethiopia and he was humiliated by other presidents. Dictator Jammeh has no money, so he is on a begging trip. Even people at statehouse are not eating enough food, things...
(The Point 05/29/13)
Director for Health Promotion and Education unit, under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with Eye Unit and Regional Health Team in LRR recently launched Trachoma Prevention Campaign in Njolfen village in LRR and Sintet in Foni Jarol, respectively. Speaking at the sites, Modou Njai, Director of Health Promotion and Education Unit, said trachoma remains a major cause of avoidable blindness among underprivileged populations in many developing countries like The Gambia. According to him, it is estimated that about 146 million people have active trachoma and nearly six million people are blind, due to complications associated with repeat infections. He explained that, it is an infectious eye disease that can eventually cause blindness, if left untreated. He...
(Senegambianews 05/29/13)
Gambia has many problems. Thankfully, in the scheme of things, tribalism is not one of them. Gambia's mere size resulted in calling into question its viability as a sovereign state which almost cost it its political independence. Correspondingly, its economy was also small and lacked a productive base that posed serious challenge to economists as to it economic viability. By way of illustration, when Britain left in February 1965, Gambia's recurrent budget was less than two million pounds sterling with Britain contributing seven hundred and forty-five thousand pounds or 37% of the budget. British colonialism promoted tribalism and parochialism, pitting colonial territory versus protectorate, urban versus rural, the educated versus the uneducated, Muslims versus Christians, United Party versus PPP; a...
(The Observer 05/28/13)
As the African Union (AU) Summit drew to a close in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leaders from more than 50 countries contemplated what Pan-Africanism has meant to the continent over the past five decades and what role it can play in Africa's future. The theme of the summit, held at the start of the AU's jubilee celebrations, was "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance". Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairwoman of the AU Commission, said at the opening session of the debate that it was the unity of purpose, sacrifice and solidarity by Africa that led to the decolonisation of the continent and the dismantling of apartheid. The reason to review the topic after 50 years, according to her, is that "the spirit of Pan-Africanism...
(Freedom Newspaper 05/28/13)
Gambia has many problems. Thankfully, in the scheme of things, tribalism is not one of them. Gambia's mere size resulted in calling into question its viability as a sovereign state which almost cost it its political independence. Correspondingly, its economy was also small and lacked a productive base that posed serious challenge to economists as to it economic viability. By way of illustration, when Britain left in February 1965, Gambia's recurrent budget was less than two million pounds sterling with Britain contributing seven hundred and forty-five thousand pounds or 37% of the budget. British colonialism promoted tribalism and parochialism, pitting colonial territory versus protectorate, urban versus rural, the educated versus the uneducated, Muslims versus Christians, United Party versus PPP; a...
(The Point 05/28/13)
Despite the stiff counter-narcotics laws in place in this country, it seems some people are still engaging in drug trafficking. Reports suggest that there are still successes in interceptions. However, that this is the case means the drug market continues to thrive, as we are still told of the discovery or seizure by the relevant state authorities of fresh quantities of illicit drugs. Drug trafficking has far-reaching effects on many aspects of society, from the presence of gangs and gang-related violence to the impact of drug money in poor neighbourhoods. Indeed, crime, violence, and drug-use go hand-in-hand. Drug abuse and illicit trafficking hold back achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should be fought as part of an overall...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
( 05/24/13)
The Gambia’s economic performance - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday completed the first review of The Gambia’s economic performance under a programme supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The IMF said in a statement made available to PANA in New York on Thursday that the completion of the review enabled the disbursement of an amount equivalent to Special Drawing Right (SDR) of 1.555 million (about US$2.3 million). 'This development brings total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 10.885 million (about US$16.2 million),' it said. The fund also noted that in completing the review, the IMF Board approved the authorities’ request for a waiver for non-observance of the continuous performance criterion on external...

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