Sunday 17 December 2017
(Daily Observer 07/16/13)
The minister of Youth and Sports has revealed plans to cultivate a 600-hectare rice field in Jahally Pacharr, Central River Region. Alieu Kebba Jammeh was speaking to the Daily Observer in Sapu on day-five of his nation-wide tour various youth farms in the provincial Gambia. Minister Jammeh is accompanied by the ‘Youth in Agriculture and Fishing Initiative’,-a youth committee setup by the Ministry of Youth and Sports with a view to encouraging Gambian youths to venture into both agriculture and fishing. The youth and sports minister said the farm will provide job opportunity for about three hundred youths. The nation-wide tour which led the minister and delegation to various youth farms was meant to assess young people’s level of response...
(The Point 07/16/13)
Former Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service and also minister of Presidential Affairs was yesterday arraigned before the Banjul Magistrates Court charged with abuse of office and conspiracy to commit a felony. Dr Njogu Bah, who appeared before senior Magistrate Lamin Mbai, is jointly charged alongside ex-Justice minister Lamin Jobarteh and former Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, Pa Harry Jammeh who was not in court. Jobarteh and Pa Harry, who were earlier arraigned before the Banjul Magistrates Court, now face fresh charges. The trio are charged with abuse of office and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to Section 369 of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Volume Three Laws of The Gambia 2009. On count...
(Daily Observer 07/16/13)
The Minister of Youth and Sports has told the Daily Observer that the essence of his nation-wide tour is to reinforce the president’s clarion call on Gambians to go back to the land. Alieu Kebba Jammeh was speaking in Sapu as he continues his visit to the various youth farms in provincial Gambia. In the recently concluded dialogue with the people’s tour, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh challenged Gambians particularly the youth folks to venture into agriculture and fishing in order to make the Gambia food self-sufficient. Minister Jammeh further dilated on the rationale behind the establishment of the ‘Youth in Agriculture and Fishing Initiative,’ a youth committee, created under the purview of his ministry. This he...
(The Point 07/16/13)
The Government of The Gambia has lifted the restrictions on the trading of the US Dollar, the presidency has announced. In a press release issued on Sunday, the presidency said the move followed a review of recent developments in the domestic foreign exchange market. The presidency further announced that the range for the dollar exchange rate that was prescribed is hereby repealed, and that trading in the foreign exchange market is to be determined by market forces as par The Gambia’s commitment to a flexible exchange rate regime. Below is the full text of the release: Following a review of recent developments in the domestic foreign exchange market, the Office of the President informs the general public that restrictions on...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(ASN American street news 07/16/13)
As two British nationals residing in country arrested with cocaine worth millions. The Gambia is back on the drug trafficking spotlight again after two British nationals residing in the country were arrested with cocaine worth millions of dollars at a Scotland airport. A 65-year-old woman left a trail of white powder in her wake as she carried a suitcase through Edinburgh Airport. When the case was searched more than 4kg of high purity cocaine with a street value of more than £1m was found. Now pensioner Ann Southern, who lives in The Gambia, is in custody after admitting a drug smuggling charge. She will be sentenced next month at the High Court in Edinburgh after background reports are prepared. The...
(Daily Observer 07/15/13)
A press release from the Office of the President has revealed that restrictions on the trading of the Dollar have been lifted. The move according to the release came following a review of recent developments in the domestic foreign exchange market. It added that the range for the dollar exchange rate that was prescribed is now repealed. Following a review of recent developments in the domestic foreign exchange market, the Office of the President informs the general public that restrictions on the trading of the Dollar have been lifted. The range for the dollar exchange rate that was prescribed is hereby repealed. Trading in the foreign exchange market is to be determined by market forces as par The Gambia's commitment...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...
(Voice of America 07/13/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Daily Observer 07/12/13)
Basse — The Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia has stated that the country has registered success in the reduction of maternal mortality, and assured the leadership of his government's continued support to the health sector. His Excellency Samuel Chen was speaking recently during the official opening of a training hall for the Maternal Health Improvement Project, financed at the tune of over D400, 000, at the regional health office in Basse Mansajang. He reassured that the Taiwanese government will continue its support to the government of The Gambia, especially in the area of health in order to enable the country achieve its health-related MDGs 4 and 5. While underscoring the importance of health, Chen said the project seeks to build...
(Daily Observer 07/12/13)
The Turkish ambassador to The Gambia has commented on the economic and political relations between the governments of The Gambia and Turkey, saying ties between the two have been "cordial." His Excellency Ali Riza Ozcoskun made these remarks recently during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his Brufut office in Kombo North, West Coast Region. The diplomat, who spoke extensively about the relations between Banjul and Ankara, also disclosed that the Chambers of Commerce of Turkey and The Gambia have established a friendship through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This, he explained, is meant to spur investments in many diverse sectors of the economy to facilitate trade between the two nations. He further disclosed that the proprietor...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Foroyaa 07/12/13)
Information gathered by this reporter has it that over 100 tons of groundnut seeds have been given to the Gambian farmers by the New Nut Company, an operator in the groundnut sub sector and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. According to Momodou Samateh of the New Nut Company, his institution has given seeds to the Agribusiness Services and Producers Association (ASPA) for onward distribution to the cooperative produce marketing societies as an initiative to start seed banking and then referred this reporter to ASPA for details like the tonnage and the beneficiary Cooperative Primary Marketing Societies. When contacted, the Executive Secretary of ASPA, Abdoulie Khan, indicated that New Nut Company has fulfilled its promise of providing groundnut seeds...
(Foroyaa 07/12/13)
Speculations abound that VAT is responsible for the upward trend in prices since its introduction at the beginning of this year. However, the GRA also continue to argue that VAT is not responsible for the price escalation of basic commodities, but prices continue to go up. In our issue No. 128, 2013, we published the list of exempted and non exempted foods from VAT. Interestingly, onions and Irish potato were not specifically mentioned in the list of items and we promised to seek for clarification from the GRA. However, an official at the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) was contacted who shed light on the issue and clarified that Irish Potato and Onions are food commodities and are therefore exempted from...
(Daily Observer 07/11/13)
The vice president and minister of Women's Affairs has underscored the need for more investment in adolescent girls for their own sake, stressing that educated and healthy girls will have the opportunity to reach their full potentials and have their human rights. Her Excellency Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy made these remarks Wednesday morning at her office at State House in Banjul, while delivering a statement as part of activities marking the World Population Day, which is celebrated globally every 11th day of July. The Gambia joins the rest of the World today to celebrate the Population Day in form of speeches, quiz contests as well as radio panel discussions and match past by people from all walks of life. The...
(The Point 07/11/13)
It has been made clear by public and private sector authorities that the control of price hikes in The Gambia is unattainable if certain fundamentals are not achieved by the country, as it is a game of market forces and not the players of the economy. These fundamentals, they say, include the exchange rate of foreign currencies, substantial investment and productivity, as well as vast exportation that can square up, cover or even surpass the country's import bill. As long as these and their relatives are not put aright, consumers will continue to face the shockwaves of price hikes in the country, as being experienced by many low-income countries in Africa and elsewhere. These deliberations took place at a press...
(The Point 07/11/13)
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with relevant partners, on Monday commemorated the West African Health Organization (WAHO) day at the Paradise Suites Hotel. The 26th WAHO day was marked under the theme “HIV/AIDS and sustainable development: contribution of the local private sector in the production of Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)”. Speaking at the ceremony, Matilda Bouye, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, said meeting the demand for ARVs remains a challenge in most West African countries. She noted that in 2011 it was estimated that up to two million people in the ECOWAS region were in need of Anti-Retroviral therapy. “As most countries in the region continue to rely on importation of ARVs...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants. Tired, hungry and dehydrated, 68 migrants who'd set sail from Libya were rescued by Maltese patrol boats Wednesday 50 kilometers off the coastline, after their vessel lost power. It's the second migrant boat to arrive in as many days. Maltese authorities had intended to send two planes back to Libya carrying 45 Somali migrants who...
(Daily Observer 07/11/13)
Experts from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other sister metrological services in the West Africa sub-region, Tuesday presented the 2013 seasonal rainfall predication update at DWR office in Banjul. It was meant to enhance the preparedness against climate change as well as associated issues. The deputy director of Water Resources, Bernard Gomez, disclosed that The Gambia is likely to get average to above average in terms of rainfall. He said they will be posting daily forecast and the 10 days bulletin, but was quick to state that one of the things people should understand about weather and climate science is that there is always inherent amount of uncertainty. A meteorologist in operational forecasting at the Department of Water...

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