Friday 20 October 2017
(Global post 07/05/13)
Lawmakers in the Gambia have introduced long jail terms for anyone convicted of going online to poke fun at the government or public officials. Under the new law, Internet users face up to 15 years' imprisonment and $90,000 fines for a raft of offences including spreading "false news" against or even "caricaturing" government functionaries and politicians. People taking to the Internet to impersonate public officials or to commit any offence already deemed criminal will also fall foul of the new sanctions. "In the recent past, some citizens of the Gambia have waged concerted efforts to pit the people and the security officials of the Gambia against their government," Information Minister Nana Grey-Johnson told parliament before tabling the bill late Wednesday...
(News24 07/05/13)
Banjul - Gambia's parliament has made sweeping changes to the country's information law, introducing new legislation that threatens those who spread "false news" with 15 years in prison and $100 000 in fines. The government said the changes were needed to ensure stability and prevent "unpatriotic behaviour" but they are likely to deepen Gambia's reputation as one of West Africa's most repressive countries. The new punishments, which apply to anything that is published, were spelled out in the updated Information and Communications Act adopted late on Wednesday. Gambia's information minister Nana Grey-Johnson, said the law had been put forward to prevent people, at home and abroad, from engaging in "treacherous" campaigns against Gambians. "They do this by inciting the people...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/05/13)
BANJUL — Gambia's parliament has made sweeping changes to the country's information law, introducing new legislation that threatens those who spread "false news" with 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. The government said the changes were needed to ensure stability and prevent "unpatriotic behavior" but they are likely to deepen Gambia's reputation as one of West Africa's most repressive countries. The new punishments, which apply to anything that is published, were spelled out in the updated Information and Communications Act adopted late on Wednesday. Gambia's information minister Nana Grey-Johnson, said the law had been put forward to prevent people, at home and abroad, from engaging in "treacherous" campaigns against Gambians. "They do this by inciting the people to...
(Jollofnews 07/04/13)
NAM(JollofNews) – Members of the National Assembly in The Gambia Wednesday enacted a controversial law which imposes long jail term and heavy fines to anyone convicted of using the internet to spread false news about the government and public officials.The Amended Information Act 2013 imposes a 15 year jail-term or a fine of D3 million on anyone who incite dissatisfaction or instigate violence against the government or public officials, caricature, abuse or make derogatory statements against the person or character of officials, impersonate any public official, blackmail any person or threaten to commit a criminal offence against any person even outside the country’s jurisdiction. According to Nana Grey Johnson, Gambian Minister for Information and Communication Infrastructure, the new law will...
(Daily Observer 07/04/13)
Gambian lawmakers Monday unanimously considered and ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and Optional Protocol at the National Assembly Chambers in Banjul; a move seen by many as a manifestation of the nation's renewed commitment to their cause. The Convention is intended to be a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It adopts a broad classification of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Tabling the motion before deputies, the Health and Social Welfare minister, Balla Garba Jahumpa, explained that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol was adopted on 13th December, 2006...
(Jollofnews 07/04/13)
Yahya Jammeh (JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has promised to provide support and protection to investors who are ready to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development. Mr Jammeh said his government will continue to invest in the country’s infrastructure, peace and security which he described as key pillars to entice, encourage and support investors and investment projects that meet the development aspirations of the country. “I wish to assure all genuine investors, domestic or foreign that my government will continue to provide support and protection to genuine and sincere investors ready to contribute to our socio-economic development while realising decent returns on their investment,” he said. “My government is always willing to go the extra mile to...
(Daily Observer 07/04/13)
Ever since the advent of the Second Republic 19 years ago, the leadership has committed itself to a more developed, equitable and prosperous country where the citizenry will have a higher standard of living. It has crafted well-designed policies and programmes that are geared towards achieving this objective. A lot of pro-poor projects have been and continued to be established to not only improve the status of the citizens, but to make this nation a bastion of development and a beacon of hope for Africa. These objectives are well summarised in the Vision 2020 mission statement that it will; "transform The Gambia into a financial centre, a tourist paradise, a trading, export-oriented agricultural and manufacturing nation, thriving on free market...
(The Point 07/04/13)
In an unprecedented move, members of the National Assembly yesterday amended the Information and Communications Act 2009, stipulating a 15-year-jail term or a fine of D3 million, or both fine and imprisonment, on any person who spreads false news against the Government of The Gambia or its public officials. Under the new act, “a person commits an offence if he or she uses the internet to spread false news against the Government or public officials; incite dissatisfaction or instigate violence against the Government or public officials; or caricature, abuse or make derogatory statements against the person or character of public officials”. The Act further stipulates that a person commits an offence if he or she uses the internet to impersonate...
(Daily Observer 07/04/13)
The GTBoard director of marketing has revealed that the tourist arrivals from November 2011 to May 2012, and November 2012 to May 2013 traditional market, has shown an increase of 2% as compared to 2013 air arrivals on the same period. Between November 2011 and May 2012, he went on, the total tourist arrivals were 114,856 and in November 2012 and May 2013 the total arrivals were 116,598. Adama Njie, the GTBoard director of marketing made these disclosures recently during a day's tourism stakeholders' consultative forum hosted by the Gambia Tourism Board (GTBoard) at Senegambia Beach Hotel. Comparing the 2011 and 2012 air arrival figures in The Gambia, he said from January and December 2011 the traditional market air arrivals...
(The New Times 07/04/13)
Mushikiwabo was speaking yesterday in Kigali as a panelist at a national symposium that featured discussions about 50 years of Africa’s independence, Rwanda’s 19 years since the Liberation War, and the role of Africa’s unity in the economic development of the continent. Mushikiwabo said that Africans will have to end rampant corruption, insecurity, and reliance on too much of foreign intervention if they are to record better achievements in their freedom and economic status. “Colonialism has hampered our ability to think for ourselves,” the minister said as she highlighted some of the reasons behind the continent’s ills. She encouraged all Africans to strive to tell their own story if they are to succeed in developing themselves because the current situation...
(The Point 07/03/13)
Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Lamin AMS Jobarteh was yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Lamin Mbye of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on two counts of economic crime. Jobarteh is already facing another 10-count charge including abuse of office and corruption, alongside former Solicitor General and Legal Secretary Pa Harry Jammeh, before the Banjul Magistrates’ Court. The particulars of offence on count one stated that Lamin AMS Jobarteh, between 2010 and 2013 in Bansang and diverse places in The Gambia within the jurisdiction of the court, deliberately failed to pay income tax, domestic and rates taxes on his lodge in Bansang, an act detrimental to the economy of The Gambia. Ex-Minister Jobarteh was also accused on count two, that in...
(Daily Observer 07/03/13)
The president of the Republic has again reiterated his unfailing commitment to a developed and more equitable Gambia where all children would have equal standard of living regardless of class or background, underscoring that this is what he has been advocating for. But for this to happen, he stressed the need for Gambians, especially the men, to change their attitude and work hard towards the goal of achieving the "economic superpower status" he envisages for the country. His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh was speaking Monday evening at the Arch 22nd in Banjul during the last and final leg of his 2013 'Dialogue with the People Tour'. The well-attended meeting brought together government officials, including the vice president...
(Foroyaa 07/03/13)
At a press briefing held on Friday, 28 June, 2013 at the GAMNASS office, the announcement was made that the UNAIDS Country office in The Gambia will be closed down in September 2013. This disclosure was made by Mr. Ahmed Jegan Loum, President of the National Association of Aids Support Organisations, who told reporters that a visiting delegation from the regional UNAIDS office in Dakar, Senegal, informed them about this planned closure. He said the Gambia is the only country in West Africa whose Country office is being closed. Mr. Loum said, according to the team, the reason for the closure of the country office is financial constraints. He added that the team has also informed them that they want...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(The Point 07/02/13)
GOAL For The Gambia (Giving Opportunities to Achieve and Learn), a charity set up to support education and provide training opportunities, primarily for young people in The Gambia, has donated learning materials and other valuables to students in the country. The charity was established in 2006 by one Kaddijatou Saidy-Sanyang (Sandy), who is married to a Gambian and they are currently sponsoring many students in various schools in the West Coast Region. In an interview with reporters, Mrs Saidy-Sanyang said that since the inception of the organization they have made significant contributions to the education sector by sponsoring over 100 students from nursery to university level. As part of their 2013 intervention, at the weekend the philanthropists from England distributed...
(Daily Observer 07/02/13)
Man owes his claim of supremacy over other members of the living kingdom to his power of imagination. This he translates into action by means of some physical aids. These take the form of machines and a horde of other forms of equipment. In order to reach this point, however, he required specialised skills that have evolved over time. In virtually everything we do we employ some form of skill. The first world actually developed through skills training. Advanced countries are in fact advanced simply because they outshine the rest of the world in the skills they use to put up all the domineering structures that we use today as yardstick in measuring development. For instance, it took the Wright...
(Daily Observer 07/02/13)
The Republic of China on Taiwan has allocated US$3M (three million United States dollars) as total funding for the agriculture projects of the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) in The Gambia for the period 3013. This amount is part of the overall US$15 envelope assigned for a period of five years. This was disclosed Thursday by the Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia, His Excellency, Samuel Chen, while presiding over the inauguration of an agricultural centre in Sapu, Central River Region, and the handing over of equipment and machinery in Madina to agric officials in CRR. The ceremony also saw the handing over of a D4, 787,409 agriculture revolving fund to beneficiaries as well as the transfer of fertiliser including 297 bags...
(Daily Observer 07/02/13)
The president of the Republic has vowed to bring more developments to the country, saying that by 2014, there would be "changes in every two months". His Excellency Sheikh professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh made this pledge Sunday while addressing a large crowd at the Buffer Zone in Talinding, as his 2013 'Dialogue with the People Tour' reached its climax. The well-attended meeting also brought together Cabinet ministers, director generals, managing directors, senior government officials, students, teachers, 'Yai Compings' and a cross-section of the community. Addressing the gathering, the president thanked the people in the three regions of West Coast Region, Kanifing Municipality and Banjul for the overwhelming and befitting welcome accorded to him and his delegation on his return...
(The Point 07/02/13)
Speaking on the occasion held in CRR, Ambassador Chen said the region has abundant river water resources. CRR is the most ideal region to develop agriculture. This is also the vision and decision of H.E. President Jammeh to develop the agriculture project. This project started in Jahally, CRR, in 2007 with the aim of improving food supplement in animal protein through fish as well as helps to increase the families' income in fish-culturing process. After five years of cultivating test and developing of Tilapia, TTM has completed "Handbook of Agua-Culture", "The Gambia Agua-Culture Feed-Brew Handbook", "The Gambia Tilapia Cultivate Handbook" and had trained some agua-cultured technicians for the taking-over of fish ponds and developing tilapia culture in the future. In...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...

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