Thursday 17 August 2017
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(The Point 06/12/13)
The event, known as Yaws Creations 2013 Face, will be presented by a renowned Gambian fashion and interior designer, Awa Conateh. According to Awa Conateh, the creative director of Yaws Creations who is the brain behind the occasion, the event is slated to be a mini-arts festival taking place on 14, 15 and 16 June 2013. Madam Conateh added that the event is centred on further promoting the country’s arts and culture agenda. The two-day event will be a platform for the already established artistes to mentor upcoming ones and to also showcase their works. The founder of Face 2013 said her main goal has always been to boost The Gambian fashion industry. “This time around, I want to give...
(The Point 06/11/13)
Stakeholders in the micro finance institutions from the five member countries of WAIFEM (The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) yesterday commence a four-day regional course on microfinance operations and regulations. Organised by the Wet African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), the course currently under way at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi, was designed to among others enhance participants’ understanding of the features, operations and contributions of microfinance institutions to the financial intermediation process. The course comes in the light of the fact that while the gap between the supply and demand for microfinance services is huge, one of the major constraints is the lack of capacity in operating sustainable institutions. In a statement delivered on...
(Nigerian Tribune 06/11/13)
Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia, Ambassador Esther John Audu, came into national limelight when she served as President of the National Council of Women Societies, after which she became a member of the House of Representatives before her current appointment. In this interview with AJAYI OLUWAPELUMI, she sheds light on the bane of effective business relations between Nigeria and The Gambia. Excerpts. How will you describe the relationship between Nigeria and The Gambia since your appointment as High Commissioner? First and foremost, Gambia is a small country, with a population of 1.7million people. The economy is growing and Nigeria has played a major role in ensuring that The Gambia is what it is today. Nigeria is directly involved in...
(The Point 06/11/13)
Cadet Officer Ali Sumbundu of the Gambia Armed Forces is about to travel to the United States of America to study at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a period of four years. On Friday 7th June 2013, he was honoured by the US Ambassador to The Gambia, Edward Alford, at a ceremony held at the Embassy on Kairaba Avenue, attended by members of the Gambia Armed Forces, US Embassy Staff, Minister of Foreign Affairs, parents and friends of Ali Sumbundu. Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Edward Alford described the day as important for both The Gambia and the United States of America and congratulated Mr. Ali Sumbundu for becoming the first Gambian accepted into a U.S. Military Service Academy...
(Ventures Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA — The West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), a sub-regional monetary union, has said it will need $200 million for the construction of the ECOWAS (Economic Commission Of West African States) Regional Bank to be located in Accra, Ghana. The Director of the region’s Financial Integration, Dr. Eunice Ngozi Egbuns disclosed this to journalists who are currently undergoing a two weeks regional integration training funded by Deutsche Welle Academic in Accra. She noted that the construction of the Ecowas Bank by 2015 will serve as a precursor to the introduction of the region’s single currency “Eco” slatted for 2020. The single currency was approved and adopted by member states in Accra, after the conclusion of its 24th meeting of...
(Freedom Newspaper 06/11/13)
The confused Kanilai monster has just fired his Chief Protocol officer Moses Jallow, the Freedom Newspaper can report. Mr. Jallow is no more, as the soldier calls it. He has been dismissed with immediate effect. The State House is undergoing some serious transformation. Jammeh is hell busy trying to contain some of the state secrets being leaked through the pages of this popular newspaper. The Kanilai jester doesn’t know who are the real sources supplying information to the Freedom Newspaper. Jammeh has reached a crisis situation. He is suffering from crisis of confidence. He doesn’t trust anyone around him nowadays. He has banned his entourage from using cell phones during the ongoing “Dialogue with the people tour.” Folks cannot use...
(The Point 06/10/13)
In line with his constitutional mandate, President Yahya Jammeh is expected to embark on a nationwide dialogue with the people tour starting today, Monday 10th June 2013. The tour, which comes once or twice annually is, among others, expected to avail the President the opportunity to meet with the people, know their concerns and work towards addressing them. It will also give the President the opportunity to assess development projects on the ground. According to the tour itinerary, President Jammeh will be holding meetings in selected towns and villages in the provinces, including Farafenni, Kaur, Jangjangbureh, Gambissara, and Basse, among others. The tour will end in Banjul on 30th June with a masquerade competition and cultural jamboree. Meanwhile, the Gambian...
(The Point 06/10/13)
The Vice President and Minister of Women's Affairs, Isatou Njie-Saidy, Friday on behalf of President Yahya Jammeh commissioned a fleet of 50 new buses to kick-start the operations of the newly-established Gambia Transport Service Company (GTSC). Purchased by the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), the new buses were said to have been specially assembled for this country by Ashok-Leyland, one of the most reputable bus manufacturing companies in the world. The initiative, lauded by many, is widely expected to reduce the transportation difficulties encountered by the public, especially students around the country. In her statement at a ceremony held at the July 22 Square in Banjul, Vice President Njie-Saidy, underscored the importance of a public transport system, which...
(The Point 06/10/13)
Emir Kanpulat, chairman of the Turkish-Gambian Business Council, has expressed satisfaction in Gambia's safety and peaceful environment for investment and business to thrive. Mr Kanpulat made these remarks on Saturday at the Secretariat of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCC) in Bijilo, where a Business Opportunity Match-making session between a delegation of Turkish Investors and the Gambian Business Community was held to discuss business opportunities in such areas as construction, fisheries, ports and shipyard projects, airport security, and trade. "Gambia is a safe and beautiful country and it is nice for business," Mr Kanpulat told journalists in a brief interview granted the media. Head of the Turkish investment delegation to The Gambia for the business opportunity match-making session,...
(Daily Observer 06/10/13)
Rlg Communications Gambia Ltd, a multi-million dollar mobile phone and laptop assembly plant was on Saturday officially commissioned by the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy at a ceremony held at the company's headquarters along Kairaba Avenue. Rlg Gambia, is a subsidiary of the Rlg Communications Group headquartered in Accra Ghana. The Group specialises in the production and sale of communication equipment such as mobile phones, electronic notebooks, tablets, laptops, LCD TV monitors and other ICT accessories. Rlg also provides capacity building programmes through its Mobile Phone Repair Training Programme. The Rlg Group has been in existence for more than a decade, and operating in many countries including Ghana, Nigeria, China, Dubai and...
(Daily Observer 06/10/13)
The Global Unification (GU) the Gambia, a youth-led civil society environmental organisation based in The Gambia has won the prestigious Energy Globe National Award 2013 for its inspiring Coastal Communities' Resilience Enhancing project (Coastal CARE). The presentation of the award was done on Wednesday 5th June 2013 by the Honourary consular of the Republic of Austria, Josef Kittl at the organisation's office along Kairaba Avenue. The project has been selected out of over 1000 entries from 161 countries across the globe. Giving a brief remark on the occasion, Fatou Gaye, the minister of Environment and Parks and Wild Life congratulated Global Unification The Gambia on the award, acknowledging that the organisation has been a vibrant youth group in the country...
(Daily Observer 06/10/13)
The 2013 Legacy of Empowerment Award of the United States-based Women Empowering Nations (WEN) was on Saturday evening conferred on The Gambia's Foreign Affairs minister, Susa Waffa-Oogo at a banquette organised by the organisation at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi. The Award was conferred on Foreign Affairs Minister Waffa-Oogo by the founder and executive director of Women Empowering Nations, Ms Carlisha Williams, in recognition of her accomplishments and distinguished leadership as well as for being a role model to young people, particularly girls in The Gambia and beyond. Susan Waffa Oogo is the second recipient of the award in the country following the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, who received it...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(Daily Observer 06/07/13)
The Gambia government through the Ministries of Health, Social Welfare and Trade has imposed a ban on the importation of frozen chicken legs into the country, a press release from the Office of the President has disclosed. The release was signed by the Cabinet secretary, Noah Touray, on behalf of the secretary general. “After a careful review and consideration of trade and health related issues, the Ministries of Trade and Health inform the general public and all importers of frozen food stuff that government has decided to ban the importation of frozen chicken legs into the country with immediate effect,” it stated. The release went on to state that the government has taken this decision to protect the health and...
(The Point 06/07/13)
As part of the commemoration marking World Environment Day, the National Environment Agency, NEA, last Wednesday held a quiz competition at the agency's premises in Kanifing. Speaking at the quiz competition, the acting Executive Director, Mrs Ndey Sireng Bakurin, said each year on June 5th people across the planet celebrate World Environment Day. "It's a day for an action where hundred of thousands of activities take place in virtually every country in the world to improve the environment now and for the future," she said. She added that gathering young people to champion environmental issues was amazing and encouraging since everyone has a stake in the future. According to her, without a sound environmental management it would be much harder...
(The Point 06/07/13)
The Hon. Vice President Alhaji Sidique Sahr Samuel Sam-Sumana yesterday on behalf of His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma received in audience the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in The Gambia, Honourable Dr Mamadou Tangara as a special envoy of His Excellency Dr Yahya Jammeh. Handing over a letter from the Gambian President to the Vice President for Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, the envoy said he was in Sierra Leone specifically to seek the support of Sierra Leone for the position of Permanent Secretary of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission, a position for which Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry had also indicated interest. But according to the envoy, Mauritania no longer has interest, and Guinea Bissau has...
(The Point 06/07/13)
The community of Sare Nfally village in the Lower Fulladou West district of the Central River Region is in dire need of clean drinking water, as a result of an inadequate local well that serves the villagers. In a recent trip to the district and the village, in particular, this reporter spoke to a number of villagers who expressed their concern over the current situation they are grappling with, and called on the relevant authorities to come to their aid. According to village Alkalo Bokary Leigh, the villagers have for the past five years been struggling not only to have access to safe drinking water, but also sufficient wells, which remains a major concern particularly to the women. While underscoring...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...

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