Wednesday 18 April 2018
(Voice of America 07/10/13)
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say that investment in agriculture is key to breaking the cycle of food insecurity and crisis in West Africa. As the declaration approaches its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, the aid groups are calling on AU countries to renew their commitment to the Maputo Declaration. In 2003, 53 African heads of state agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Ten years later, only seven countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia -...
(Daily Observer 07/10/13)
Business is basically a fundamental human activity that people engage in to earn their living. It is also a vital means of promoting the economic wellbeing of a nation.Therefore, it is important that those who are engaged in this crucial activity do it with honesty and empathy. Exploitation in any form is not a sound basis for survival. The process of buying and selling should be guided by honesty and trustworthiness so as to prevent unnecessary greed which often results to the exploitation of the people. Our business community should therefore realise that they owe society a great debt. Unnecessary price hikes particularly in this holy month of Ramadan is not in any way inline with the principles of loyalty...
(Jollofnews 07/10/13)
(JollofNews) – A court in the Gambia has acquitted two former state security officers accused of torturing and killing a man suspected of being in possession of cannabis. Edrissa Jarju and Edrissa Jaiteh who were both working for the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) were accused of severely beating and torturing and killing Alpha Omar Jobe, 22, at Manjai, contrary to the laws of the Gambia. The prosecution said Jarju and Jaiteh and one Sang Paul (now at large)on 10 December 2011, arrested Alpha Omar Jobe for allegedly being in possession of cannabis sativa. They prosecution added that in the process of arresting him, the three officers beat up the deceased before taking him to the Manjai Police Station, where...
(The Point 07/09/13)
The Government of The Gambia and the European Union will this week resume political dialogue, after the EU’s 17-points demands under its Article 8 political dialogue with the government were rejected by President Yahya Jammeh in January this year, a senior EU official said on Monday. Nicholas Westcott, European Union’s Managing Director for Africa, told waiting journalists yesterday after a closed-door meeting with President Jammeh that the dialogue will resume on Thursday 11th July 2013. ‘We just had an audience with President Jammeh. We came to re-launch the political dialogue between the EU and the Republic of The Gambia. This is an integral part of our program under the Lome Treaty, and I am pleased to say that we were...
(The Point 07/09/13)
The US Embassy in Banjul on Monday disbursed over three million dalasi to 15 organizations and institutions in all the regions and municipalities in the country. The grants, amounting to D3,800,000 are part of three recurring US State Department initiatives: The Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program, Democracy and Human Rights Fund, and the Julia Taft Refugee Fund. The recipients come from every region of The Gambia, and will be using the award funds to complete projects as diverse as food processing, a solar system for a health center, Internet connectivity, community empowerment programs, and women’s advocacy initiatives. Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the American Corner along Kairaba Avenue, the United States ambassador to The Gambia, Edward M Alford,...
(Daily Observer 07/09/13)
The Gambian fish inspectors and quality controllers on Wednesday began a four-day training on good hygiene and manufacturing practices on the nation's fisheries value chain, at the Fisheries department's conference room, in Banjul. Sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) through the facilitation of Fisheries department, the workshop aimed among other things to help Gambian fish inspectors and quality controllers improve their skills and subsequently assist the artisanal operators to access the regional and international markets, with special focus on institutional arrangements linking to foreign markets. In her official opening statement, the deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources, Fatimah F Sosseh-Jallow informed the participants that the workshop marked the beginning of a series...
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(The Point 07/08/13)
The Gambia government has lifted the ban on the shipment of foreign currency, ten days after it imposed a moratorium on the shipment of the US dollar. A terse press release issued by the presidency announced Friday that the lifting of the ban starts with immediate effect. The government, it would be recalled, announced on Tuesday 25th June that it has imposed a moratorium, with immediate effect, on the shipping of the US dollar out of the country, warning that drastic action will be taken against any individual, businesses or group found not playing by the rules. A statement issued by the presidency then said it has come to the attention of the Office of the President that speculators and...
(Daily Observer 07/08/13)
Lawmakers at the National Assembly Tuesday unanimously considered and ratified a US$26.6M Grant Financing Agreement between the government of The Gambia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) for Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP). Laid before deputies by the Finance and Economic Affairs minister, Abdou Kolley, the grant with a focus on rural households will contribute to the achievement of The Gambia's key development objectives of reducing poverty by improving food security, increasing and diversifying food production, as well as raising the income of rural producers. "Following the finalisation of the Gambia National Agriculture Investment Programme (GNAIP), the government embarked on a resource mobilisation drive to secure the necessary funds for the successful implementation of the programme," the Finance...
(The Associated Press 07/08/13)
Watchdog groups have condemned legislation in the tiny West African nation of Gambia that would impose prison terms of up to 15 years for publishing "false news" about government officials. The changes to the 2009 Information and Communications Act were passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday. The bill criminalizes "derogatory statements against officials" as well as caricature, impersonations and any content "instigating violence against the government." Reporters Without Borders issued a statement Friday saying the new rules "aggravate what is already one of Africa's most repressive laws," noting that they seemed to target Internet users. Amnesty International said they take Gambia's press restrictions "to a shocking new level." Reporters Without Borders said Information Minister Nana Grey-Johnson described the changes...
(The Point 07/08/13)
The opposition Gambia Moral Congress has described the recently amended Information and Communication Act 2009 as vague and uncertain. In a statement issued Friday and signed by its leader, Mai Ahmad Fatty, the GMC said the latest law will only shield public officials paid by Gambians from public scrutiny, asphyxiate dissenting views and further alienate government from those it claims to serve. Its reaction followed the amendment last week of the Information and Communication Act 2009 by members of the National Assembly, 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...
(The Point 07/08/13)
President Yahya Jammeh has accused Senegal of harbouring and aiding Gambian dissidents plotting to destabilize his regime, and he has vowed not to get involved in helping to resolve the Casamance crisis until Senegal changes its attitude towards The Gambia. Speaking in an interview with the private Senegalese television station TFM on Friday, President Jammeh said, due to the proximity of the two countries and the porous borders, it is against international law for Senegal to grant political asylum to Gambians accused of attempting to overthrow his government. “Do they take me to be a fool? How can they expect me to help them end the Casamance rebellion when they are harbouring my enemies in Senegal?” he asked. He recalled...
(Jollofnews 07/08/13)
(JollofNews) – Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International have condemned the Gambia’s newly passed internet 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. Reporters Without Borders said it was very disturbed by amendments to the 2009 Information and Communications Act – the main law limiting freedom of information in Gambia. “The amendments to the Information and Communications Act that the Gambian parliament has just adopted aggravate what is already one of Africa’s most repressive laws,” the organisation said. “The authorities are using these amendments to target news providers and crack down on the internet, one of the last spaces for freedom of...
(Ventures-Africa 07/08/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ideas rule the world and in this age, innovation is key. Businesses thrive on Eureka! moments, as innovation has become the benchmark for excellence. For most businesses/entrepreneurs the effective application of ideas determines whether a startup progresses to a multi-billion dollar company, a la Google, Facebook, Apple, or goes bust! African entrepreneurs have also tapped into the endless stream of Eureka! moments and have turned ideas to million-dollar businesses - ask iROKOtv, Justin Stanford or Kamal Budhabatti to name a few. On Africa’s Most Innovative Companies today, we feature Rasello, a company which helps you “manage, understand and communicate better to the people that matter most to your business.” There is no major reason behind the name...
(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...

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