Tuesday 24 October 2017
(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...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/13)
President Barack Obama begins his African tour in Senegal next week in the heart of a region becoming a focus for federal agents prosecuting the US war on the international drugs trade. Investigators from the DEA, America's anti-narcotics agency, have made a series of high-profile and dramatic arrests in West Africa as part of a widening probe of African druglords as well as armed rebels in South America. Derek Maltz, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Special Operations Division that targets global drug crime, described trafficking in the region as a "plague" as he announced charges against suspected smugglers from Nigeria and Ghana on June 3. "These criminal groups and their facilitators pose a direct threat to the safety and...
(Foroyaa 06/20/13)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mr David Dunn had a two week visit to the Gambia and at the end of the visit convened a press conference in collaboration with the Central Bank of the Gambia held at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Banjul on Monday 17 June 2013. Consultative meetings were held to review the government's policy to ensure that they are in line with the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission from Gambia June4‑17,2013 conducted surveillance discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultations. The members of the mission met with the Ministers of Finance and Economic Affairs, Energy, Information and Communication Infrastructure, the Governor of...
(News24 06/20/13)
Banjul - Gambian prosecutors charged a sacked justice minister and another senior government official with a series of counts of corruption, negligence and abuse of power on Wednesday. Lamin Jobarteh and Pa Harry Jammeh, a cousin of President Yahya Jammeh, are accused of forcing the chief justice to leave Gambia "in a move to drop or suppress criminal charges against some staff of the judiciary", said the charge sheet read out before magistrates in Banjul. Jobarteh, appointed to the justice ministry in February last year, is also accused of having a German national arrested after the man failed to provide him with a bribe, according to the charge sheet, which did not specify the dates of the alleged offences. The...
(Freedom Newspaper 06/20/13)
A magistrate court in Banjul on Wednesday remanded Gambia’s former Justice Minister Lamin Jobarteh, and the erstwhile Solicitor General Pa Harry Jammeh to prison. The men appeared very confused and tied when they showed up in court to answer to allegations that they abused their offices, tampered with court exhibits, and official corruption. The magistrate refused to entertain to set the accused persons on bail. Both Jobarteh and Pa Harry have been remanded at the Mile Two prison until their next court appearance. The disgraced former Justice Minister Lamin Jobarteh has claimed that his health condition wouldn’t permit him to be remanded at this time in prison. He wants the court to allow him to have access to medical treatment...
(The Point 06/20/13)
It is a widely held belief that no nation, no matter how endowed with natural resources or ideas, could make any tangible or coherent progress in her developmental strides, if it does not adopt firm and serious measures against corruption in all its forms. Corruption has long been an intricate problem plaguing the nations of the world, at times plunging others into the abyss of economic decadence; whilst other nations have to pay a heavy price for corruption in the form of conflict. It is against this backdrop that the need for creating a less corrupt society or, better still, a corruption-free society, could not be stressed enough, and should be everybody’s preoccupation. Corruption is a socio-economic phenomenon that has...
(The Point 06/20/13)
The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on Wednesday handed over garden inputs to women vegetable growers associations in the country through Women’s Bureau. The gesture formed part of the Women’s Bureau telefood project to enhance vegetable production and processing. The telefood special fund finances grassroots micro-projects that help small farmers produce more food and generate income for better access to food. Speaking at the handing over of items, the FAO country representative to The Gambia, Dr Babagana Ahmadu, said telefood is a global effort of FAO to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity. It is also an effort to mobilize resources for hundreds of hunger-fighting projects and one of the responses to the 1996 World Food Summit’s call to...
(Foroyaa 06/20/13)
Foroyaa is still making a follow up to find out the reasons that prompted the government to issue a ban on the importation of chicken legs into the country as stated in a press release from the office of the president on the 6 June 2013. The press release, which was signed by the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Noah Touray on behalf of the Secretary General, stated "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 foodstuff that government has decided to ban the importation of frozen chicken legs into the country with immediate effect." It further added that "the government has taken...
(Daily Observer 06/20/13)
The president of the Republic has disclosed government's plans to create a reliable and dependable irrigation system that would boost all-year-round agricultural productivity in The Gambia. His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh made this disclosure Tuesday while addressing thousands of people in Sibanor, Foni Bintang Karanai District of the West Coast Region, as part of his 2013 'Dialogue with the People Tour'. The meeting was graced by cabinet ministers; speaker of the National Assembly, Abdoulie Bojang; senior government officials, directors general and managing directors, among a cross-section of the community. The president also disclosed plans to ban the importation of rice by 2016. He said that before 2017 [ie three and half years from now] he wants to...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(The Point 06/18/13)
According to a press release issued by the Taiwanese embassy, the project is aimed at improving the performance of The Gambia national football squad and enhancing their capability to victoriously compete in the coming international football games. Presenting the cheque, H.E. Samuel Chen said football is the most important sport in The Gambia. Taiwan is willing to help raise the standard and morale of The Gambia football team based on the strong bilateral cooperation between The Gambia and Taiwan. The donation reflects Taiwan’s commitment to the development of The Gambia’s sports sector, he said, adding that President Yahya Jammeh is a visionary leader determined to take The Gambia football team to the top of the world. Hon. Sabally, in his...
( 06/18/13)
The Gambia has arrested two government ministers after they were sacked, a senior police source confirmed. Former justice minister Lamin Jobarteh has been in custody for around three weeks since being fired by President Yahya Jammeh over accusations he took bribes to have high-profile criminal cases dropped, the source told AFP. Meanwhile petroleum minister Njogu Bah was taken into custody on Thursday last week, the same source confirmed, just one day after he had been fired. Jobarteh, appointed to the justice ministry in February last year, was axed from his post and arrested in late May and is being held in the Gambia's spy headquarters, the National Intelligence Agency in Banjul, the source said. "Jobarteh was arrested and is currently...

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