Wednesday 23 August 2017
(The Dispatch 06/26/13)
You next copy of The Gambian passport could be a biometric one, making it harder or impossible to forge, the Immigration Department said. Xinhua News quoted a government official saying the new passport will cost about US$ 100 and will last for a period of five years. “The passport’s critical information is both printed on the data page of the passport and stored in the chip. Public Key Infrastructure is used to authenticate the data stored electronically in the passport chip making it expensive and difficult to forge when all security mechanisms are fully and correctly implemented,” the government official said. “We want to discourage forgery of documents in the country and also to avoid easy access to passport by...
(UN.org 06/26/13)
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agency spearheading the global AIDS response said today. Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by half since 2009, while Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also making substantial progress. This is according to the latest progress report on the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which was launched in July 2011 at the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS. The Plan has two main targets for 2015: a 90 per cent reduction in the...
(Daily Observer 06/26/13)
A six-day intensive synergy for monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries observers from The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone opened Monday at the Laico Atlantic Hotel in Banjul. The forum is organised by the Fisheries Department in collaboration with the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), a West African regional fisheries body consisting of six member states, including The Gambia and Senegal. The theme of the gathering is "Strengthening Cooperation for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in the area of the sub-regional fisheries commission." In his opening statement, Amadou Saine, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources, said the fisheries sector plays a vital role in The Gambia government's efforts to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition. He further...
(The Point 06/26/13)
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Tuesday handed over agricultural inputs to the Department of Agriculture meant for the technical cooperation project (TCP) in support of the national horticultural sector master plan (NHSMP). The items were presented at a ceremony held at the Department of Agriculture in Cape Point, Bakau. The agricultural inputs presented included maize, cowpea and rice, vegetables, seeds, and NPK and UREA fertilizers, all worth more than twenty-seven million dalasi. In her statement on behalf of the FAO country representative in The Gambia, the FAO deputy country representative, Mariatou Faal-Njie, said the overall objective of the FAO programme aims to improve the food and nutrition security of vulnerable population in the Sahel...
(Daily Observer 06/25/13)
Deputies at the National Assembly Monday considered and approved the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2013, amounting to D300, 000, 000 for the 2013 Budget. The Supplementary Appropriation will enable the government to adequately respond to issues that were not adequately budgeted. The additional funds required for the various sectors are as follows: Office of the President- D10, 000,000.00 for the payment of arrears of contribution to Commonwealth Secretariat; Ministry of Foreign Affairs- D36, 000, 000.00 for the rehabilitation of London Chancery; Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs- D30, 000, 000. 00 to increase equity participation to financial institutions, and D50, 000, 000. 00 to meet increased operational requirements; Ministry of Defence- D30, 000, 000.00 to meet additional demand for feeding, and...
(Ventures-Africa 06/25/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ghana’s oldest and biggest bank by profitability, the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), will in the next few months expand its operations into three other West African countries. The bank which recently rebranded from Ghana Commercial Bank to GCB says it will leverage on this new brand to start operations in other markets. This was disclosed by the Board Chairman of the bank, Dr Fritz Gockel, at a dinner and awards night to celebrate the bank’s 60th Anniversary in Accra over the weekend. GCB, which has the most number of branches in Ghana, 158 in total, registered an impressive profit growth last year of GH¢192.8 million ($96 million) for the year 2012. This represents a profit before tax...
(Daily Observer 06/25/13)
The minister of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, Dr Mamadou Tangara, on behalf of President Jammeh, on Saturday presided over the laying of the foundation stone of a D200 million (approximately US$5 M) American International University (AIU) permanent Health Science Centre, situated behind the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) office in Kanifing. AIU is a registered and an approved institution of higher education in The Gambia, with the College of Medicine and Dentistry also approved by the Gambia Medical and Dental Council. The construction of the 28,000 square meter facility is contracted to Swami India International, an Indian construction firm in The Gambia. Also in attendance at the ceremony were the minister of Lands and Regional Government, secretary to the...
(The Point 06/25/13)
The National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDEA, registered a total of 1161 people arrested with drugs between the year 2010 and 2012, statistics have shown. Of the total figure, 243 people were below the ages of 13 and 19 years, Momodou Jobe, public relations officer and officer commanding prosecutions at the NDEA told journalists yesterday, ahead of this year’s celebration of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking. Commemorated annually on 26th June, the day was set aside to increase awareness in and cooperation from the general public, especially the youth, to campaign against drug abuse and trafficking. Briefing journalists at the NDEA head office along Kairaba Avenue, PRO Jobe revealed that in The Gambia, the celebration will be...
(The Dispatch 06/25/13)
National Assembly Members on Monday approved an extra 16.88 million Dollars for the construction of the new National Assembly building as the budgeted 10 million Dollars fall short. Gambia’s Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Abdou Kolley told the legislators the initial budget for the construction of the new building was inadequate. The foundation stone for the building was laid nearly two years ago and the government promised at that time construction will last for twelve months. The building is being financed by a loan from Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank). Part of the agreement meant that Exim Bank will “reimburse 100 per cent of contract value to the Indian exporters, upfront upon the shipment of goods,” Business Standard reported...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(Xinhuanet 06/24/13)
Gambia will introduce the biometric passport to discourage forgery and easy access to passports in the West African nation, the immigration department told Xinhua on Monday. The new passport will cost 100 U. S. dollars and will serve for five years before expiry. If all goes well, it will be the second time for the West African nation to introduce biometric documentation after the national identity card, which was put to use in 2011. Also known as a digital passport, it is a combined paper and electronic passport that contains biometric information to authenticate the identity of travellers. Its characteristics are documented in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). "The passport's critical information is both printed on the data page...
(The Point 06/24/13)
The Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources on Thursday convened a daylong stakeholders’ consultative forum on the institutional options paper for the national water sector reform project. Held at the Paradise Suites Hotel, the forum attracted participants from different stakeholder institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Mass Axi Gai, minister of fisheries and water resources, said the official opening of the stakeholder consultative workshop aims to consider the consultant’s institutional options paper within the framework of the ongoing national water sector reform, financed by grant of the African Water Facility through the African Development Bank (AfDB). According to him, the project cost two million euros including 5 percent government counterpart contribution. The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the...
(Jollofnews 06/24/13)
Dr Janneh(JollofNews) – A former Gambian Information minister jailed for trying to organise an Arab spring type of revolution has expressed concern at the worsening human rights situation in that tiny West African country. Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh said the Gambia which was once a beacon of peace and hope has under the leadership of President Yahya Jammeh become more of a crying coast characterised by gross human rights abuses. In an interview with the UK Vox Africa TV channel on Sunday, Dr Janneh, 50, who was released from Gambia’s Mile Two Prisons last September after the intervention of Rev Jesse Jackson, said although the country is sold to the outside world as a tourist paradise, there are serious rights...
(Xinhuanet 06/24/13)
Jammeh(Xinhua) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh will join his African counterparts in Senegal to meet U. S. President Barack Obama, who will kick off his tour to Africa on June 26. The Gambian leader will leave Banjul International Airport on Wednesday morning, a presidential source told Xinhua on Monday. Obama will pay his first visit to Senegal since assuming office. His African trip will also take him to South Africa and Tanzania. Key issues on his agenda include war against terror in Africa's sub-region and strong trade between the United States and African countries. The United States have already slapped sanctions on Hezbollah operatives in four West African nations including Gambia, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone. The U. S...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...
(Daily Observer 06/24/13)
Agriculture is key to sustaining any national economy. It is the perfect channel to food security and food self-sufficiency. Agriculture is the foundation upon which all other developments are built. It happens that a major goal of government is to transform this country into a food self-sufficient nation. This is because the leadership has realised that development cannot be achieved if we continue to depend on outsiders to feed ourselves. President Jammeh's strong desire to put our food self-sufficiency drive into its proper context cannot be overemphasised. The back-to-the-land initiative is speaking for itself and the recently revealed plan to irrigate the country's agriculture are indications that the leadership is still on the path to sustaining our food production capacity...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Daily Observer 06/21/13)
The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) Tuesday launched a bilingual education project worth over US$ 11M. The project, which is funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in partnership with the government of The Gambia, is aimed at increasing access to Madarasa Education and improving its quality through the provision of teaching and learning materials to Madarasas. The launching ceremony took place at the Sunswing Beach Hotel in Kololi. In his official launching statement on behalf of the minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Baboucarr Bouy, permanent secretary at the said ministry, noted that the journey between the Ministry of Basic Education and the Madarasas in The Gambia started as far back as the colonial period but gained...
(The Point 06/21/13)
"The Central Bank of The Gambia has suspended money transfer services from three major Money Transfer Operators namely, Ria, Money Express and Wari from operating in the country's foreign exchange market. In a statement issued late on Wednesday, the Central Bank said the suspension will take effect from today Friday 21st June 2013 until further notice. 'Consequently, all Authorized Dealers and the General Public are advised that with effect from Friday, June 21, 2013, any foreign exchange transactions, including sale and purchases through these MTOs as well as transfer of funds through them and/or on their behalf is illegal,' the statement said. The Central Bank of The Gambia also said it has observed that the transactions market for foreign exchange...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...

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