Tuesday 23 January 2018
(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...
(Daily Observer 07/01/13)
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...
(The Point 07/01/13)
The agricultural inputs and other valuable materials from the Rice Sustainable Project have just been handed over by the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) to the Ministry of Agriculture. We are, therefore, challenging the agriculture officials, especially the regional agriculture authorities in the Central River Region north and south, to take good care of the project facilities and resources. We are referring to the Agriculture Revolving Fund of about five million dalasi, and the fertilizer Compound NPK 15-15-15:297 bags and Urea 46%:1111bags given by TTM. The assets in the form of equipment include manufacturing plants, as well as tractors, warehouses, trucks, pick-ups, mixers, excavators, power tillers, threshers, winnowers, and transporting vehicles and motorcycles, among others, should all be properly managed. While...
(Foroyaa 07/01/13)
Prison Fellowship International (PFI), a global association of over 124 national Prison Fellowship organizations, has on Thursday, 27th June, 2013 impacted on the lives of the Gambia prison inmates by inaugurating the newly constructed and furnished library at the Mile Two prison and donating mosquito nets, sporting materials, television sets, mattresses and laundry soaps. The PFI Chapter in The Gambia, yesterday, inaugurated the newly constructed and furnished library at the Mile Two prison and presented some much needed items to the inmates. Presenting the items to the prison authorities for onward distribution to the beneficiaries, who are the inmates, Mr Bernard Mendy, Chairman of the Prison Fellowship (PF) Gambia Chapter, said the items that they are handing over to the...
(The Point 07/01/13)
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is winding-up operations in The Gambia as a result of financial constraints, officials have said. Fifteen countries, including The Gambia the only one from the West African sub-region, will be affected by the move. Speaking at a press conference held on Friday at GAMNASS office in Churchills Town, Musa Camara, national coordinator of GAMNASS, one of the partners of UNAIDS, said news of the closure of the UNAIDS country office came from its regional office in Senegal, and the reason behind the move is "financial constraints". Camara told journalists that UNAIDS is one of the oldest partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS in The Gambia, and stood by people living with HIV...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(Daily Observer 06/28/13)
The government of the Gambia under the leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr Alhaji Yahya Jammeh is committed to upholding the right of every person to basic education regardless of gender, age, religion or disability, by making basic education in the Gambia free for all children starting from 2014. Learning at this level will be geared towards the holistic development of the individual for the positive realisation of every person's full potential and aspirations. The message repeatedly mentioned ever since the president began his 2013 'Dialogue With The People Tour', aside from emphasis on the need for young people to embrace farming to graduate from external sources of feeding, the country's leadership also used the meetings to declare basic...
(Daily Observer 06/28/13)
The United Nations assistant secretary general who is also the regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel has disclosed that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided a total of US$300,000 to support children with malnutrition in The Gambia. This, he said, is part of the Sahel region’s US$1.7 billion appeal to tackle food insecurity in the region. Robert Piper, who was speaking to journalists in a press conference at the conference hall of The Gambia Food and Nutrition Association (GAFNA) in Bakau, also revealed that out of that US$1.7 billion, The Gambia has an appeal of US$15 million, which he described as very modest. Piper is in the country for a three-day familiarisation tour with a view to equipping...
(Africa Review 06/28/13)
Members of the Gambian National Assembly have rejected the agreement with America on cooperation against illicit transnational maritime activity The house rejected the agreement between the two governments saying that it was not based on equal partnership as it only talked about cooperation in Gambian maritime waters. Francis Liti Mboge, the minister of Works, Construction and Infrastructure, had tabled the agreement before parliament and urged members ratify it. He reminded the House about the difficulties of detecting, deterring and suppressing illegal activity at sea especially fisheries offences and drug trafficking. The agreement mentions the conventional international law that requires concerted international effort to prevent and suppress illicit drug trafficking, which has become rampant in maritime waters ff the West African...
(Afribiz 06/28/13)
In 2011, the Gambia’s economic growth was affected by crop failure that reduced production by 45%. Agricultural production began to recover in 2012, however, and real GDP consequently grew by 1.0% in 2012 following a contraction of 4.4% in 2011. Crop production is expected to recuperate in 2013 and 2014, which, in addition to the continued expansion of tourism, should boost real GDP growth to 4.3% in 2013 and 5.1% in 2014. These projections are contingent upon the efficiency of the reforms and measures taken in response to the drought. The outlook also depends on favourable weather conditions, as agriculture in the Gambia is mainly rain-fed. Services continue to be the largest driver of the economy, contributing to over 60%...
(Foroyaa 06/27/13)
Members of the National Assembly on Wednesday 26 June 2013 failed to ratify the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of The Gambia and the Government of the United States of America concerning Cooperation against Illicit Transnational Maritime Activity; noting that the Agreement is not based on the footing of equal partnership as the agreement stated the operations in Gambian waters and not American. The NAMS also claimed that the water agreement is in violation of section 79(c) of the 1997 constitution. In tabling the agreement before Deputies, the Minister of Works, Construction and Infrastructure Francis Liti Mboge moved that National Assembly consider and ratify the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of The Gambia and the Government...

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