EPA negotiations: West African civil society urges ECOWAS to reject proposed regional market liberalization offer

By Sanna Camara The West African civil society has called on the Council of Ministers of ECOWAS upon its just ended 70th ordinary session in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to reject the proposed 75% regional market liberalization offer being made by the European Union. In a press communiqué issued yesterday, the society said it strongly believes… Continue reading EPA negotiations: West African civil society urges ECOWAS to reject proposed regional market liberalization offer

Sierra Leone urged to investigate alleged rebel arms supplier

                  Former ‘Senegalese-associate’ of Charles Taylor, rebels Identified in Freetown The  Sierra Leone authorities should open a criminal investigation of a suspected arms supplier for his alleged involvement in international crimes during Sierra Leone’s civil war, Human Rights Watch said. A statement from Human Rights Watch is alleging… Continue reading Sierra Leone urged to investigate alleged rebel arms supplier

IMF: Reducing government’s domestic borrowing critical to inflation, interest rates

By Sanna Camara The just-concluded IMF mission to The Gambia has observed that reducing government’s domestic borrowing in 2013 will be critical to the current pressure on inflation and interest rates. David Dun, the International Monetary Fund Mission chief to The Gambia, said reducing Gambia government’s domestic borrowing to 1½ percent of GDP in 2013, “as… Continue reading IMF: Reducing government’s domestic borrowing critical to inflation, interest rates

UK Visa applicants must undergo TB screening

The British High Commission in Banjul has announced tuberculosis screening as a requirement for visa applicants wishing to say in the UK beyond 6 months. According to a media dispatch from the Commission, “This follows the UK Government’s announcement in May 2012 that it would be extending this requirement to an additional 67 countries, including… Continue reading UK Visa applicants must undergo TB screening

GAMCEL 3G sim cards ‘do not work on all phones’

By Sanna Camara Despite much hysteria about the state GSM company being the “newest third generation service provider in town”, Gambia Beat has learned that the new 3G sim cards are not compatible with all types of mobile phones. The Gambia cellular company is the premier GSM operator in the country, enjoying all the support… Continue reading GAMCEL 3G sim cards ‘do not work on all phones’

D8million worth of goods meant for Gambia diverted to Sierra Leone

By Sanna Camara Reports reaching Gambia Beat has said that two containers of food stuffs, worth over D8 million belonging to the expelled businessman Hussein Tajudeen, are being diverted to Sierra Leone. This diversion comes on the heels of the expulsion of the managing director of the TAJCO company, importers of basic food commodities in The… Continue reading D8million worth of goods meant for Gambia diverted to Sierra Leone

GMC calls for release of 3 detained legal persons

By Sanna Camara The leader of the Gambia Moral congress, mai Ahmed fatty, has called for the “immediate release” of the three detained persons. Mr. Fatty is also expressing “deep concerns” on the issue of unlawful detention of persons beyond the legal limit set by The Gambian Constitution. In a statement dispatched to Gambia Beat… Continue reading GMC calls for release of 3 detained legal persons