Official: ‘West Africa needs strong financial system

By Sanna Camara The president of The Gambia Bankers Association, who is also the CEO of Trust bank Gambia Ltd. Has said that the West African sub-region needs a robust financial system to harness its rich attributes. These rich attributes according to him, include a low catastrophic profile where natural disasters rarely occur, politically stable…… Continue reading Official: ‘West Africa needs strong financial system

Annan, Obasanjo call for decriminalizing drug offences

By Sanna Camara     Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, and Nigerian head of State Olusegun Obasanjo have broken the silence over the much contentious but little said drug legalization in the west Africa sub region, calling for the decriminalization and other reforms of drug legislations in the sub region.As convener and Chairman of the Kofi…… Continue reading Annan, Obasanjo call for decriminalizing drug offences

ECOWAS court rules Gambia failed to investigate journalist murder

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s ruling by a West African regional court, which found that the Gambian government failed to conduct a meaningful investigation into the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara. The ruling is the first ECOWAS case relating to the murder of a Gambian journalist. Hydara, the founder of the independent newspaper…… Continue reading ECOWAS court rules Gambia failed to investigate journalist murder

INTERVIEW: Ousainou Darboe – Leader, United Democratic Party (UDP)

In this interview, I sat with the UDP leader to discuss issues centering on the party’s future, his love for The Gambia, gay rights, among other things. Parts of this interview were already published in The Standard.Que:What is the current state of the UDP?The UDP is certainly very active. It is working towards the 2016…… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Ousainou Darboe – Leader, United Democratic Party (UDP)

Gambia’s global freedom ranking going down

By Sanna CamaraAccording to Freedom in the World 2014 report which evaluates the state of freedom in 195 countries and 14 territories globally, The Gambia scored 6 out of 7 points in its global freedom rankings during 2013. This means the country has received a “downward trend arrow”, mainly “due to worsening restrictions on civil…… Continue reading Gambia’s global freedom ranking going down