ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast A total of 886,578 Gambian registered voters will head to the polls tomorrow 13th, April, 2018 to cast their ballots in the Local Government elections. According to IEC sources, a total of 409 candidates got nominated, while two went on unopposed namely, Sainey Jarjou, a candidate for the Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction for Kasumai Ward in the West Coast Region and Tumani BM Trawally, a candidate for the United Democratic Party for Kachang Ward in the North Bank Region. "113 are contesting under UDP ticket, 82 GDC, 63 APRC, 32 PDOIS, 32 PPP, 26 NRP, 17 GPDP, 14 GMC, 5 NCP and 25 as Independent candidates. " reads the statement from the IEC The ward councilors are expected to serve a period of four years. The current Pr...
BANJUL, Gambia: Merck Foundation (MF) in partnership with the First Lady of The Gambia through her foundation; Fatoumatta Bah Barrow (FaBB) Foundation launched ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign in the Gambia. Merck Foundation provides oncology fellowship program to develop the first medical oncologists in The Gambia. MF appoints H.E. Fatoumatta Bah Barrow, The First Lady of The Gambia as the ambassador of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign in the Gambia. Merck Foundation a non-profit organization and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany partners with the First Lady of The Gambia Foundation; Fatoumatta Bah Barrow (FaBB) foundation. The partnership aims to achieve Merck foundation’s objectives of raising awareness, building professional capacity and improving heal
BANJUL, Gambia: The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, concluded on 18 February a three-day visit to The Gambia. The objective of the visit was to renew UN’s engagement to support the authorities of The Gambia in their efforts towards the implementation of new and vital reforms. During his visit, Mohamed Ibn Chambas met with members of the government, the United Nations Country Team, the diplomatic corps, development partners, the Independent Electoral Commission, representatives of the Inter Party Committee and civil society organizations. He also met with His Excellency President Barrow and Vice-President Fatoumata Jallow-Tambanjang. Ibn Chambas
LONDON, United Kingdom: Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for the Commonwealth, visited The Gambia on 15 and 16 February to offer congratulations on the country’s re-entry to the Commonwealth. The Minister met with senior government ministers, including President Adama Barrow, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ousainou Darboe, and Vice-President Fatoumata Tambajang, where he discussed the Government’s commitments to reforms in keeping with the Commonwealth’s principles of democracy, equality for all citizens, and good governance. The UK warmly congratulates the people of The Gambia on this country’s re-entry to the Commonwealth family of nations Lord Ahmad said: "The UK warmly congratulates the people of The Gambia on thi
OTTAWA, Canada: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the readmission of The Gambia to the Commonwealth: “Canada strongly supports The Gambia’s readmission to the Commonwealth and offers its sincere congratulations on its renewed membership. “The Commonwealth is a family of 2.4 billion people around the globe, united in our commitment to peace, democracy and prosperity for all of our citizens. “We look forward to deepening our ties with Commonwealth member countries including during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, United Kingdom, this spring.”
LONDON, United Kingdom: The Gambia rejoined the Commonwealth on 8 February 2018, after the Commonwealth Secretariat confirmed their application had been approved unanimously by Commonwealth Member States. This shows that when a country commits to strengthening democracy, governance and the rule of law, it is welcomed back to the international community and the Commonwealth family Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "The Gambia’s return to the Commonwealth family is fantastic news. When I visited the country last year, I saw huge enthusiasm for the values and opportunities offered by our modern, diverse Commonwealth." "This shows that when a country commits to strengthening democracy, governance and the rule of law, it is welcomed back to the international commu
BANJUL, Gambia: The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, signs a US$210 million Framework Agreement with Government of The Gambia for financing over a 3 year period. The signing ceremony took place in Banjul on 16th January 2018, during the official visit of the ITFC CEO to The Gambia. The agreement is to support key economic sectors, including energy, through the importation of refined petroleum products, and agriculture, through the importation of fertilizer and the provision of pre-export financing for agricultural produce notably, groundnuts and cashew nuts, the main agricultural produce/exports of the country. The Agreement will also extend the cooperation with The Gambia to Trade Deve