Thursday, July 6, 2017

Counseling and Guidance Training for Youth Migrant Returnees

Participants holding the training banner, shortly after the opening ceremony
The Gambia National Youth Council in partnership with the Gambian Immigration Department, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and supported by the Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) are organizing a 5-day intensive training on counselling and guidance for voluntary youth migrant returnees in the country.

DATE: 5th to 9th July 2017
TIME:  08:30 – 6:00PM (Daily)
LOCATION: Bwian, West Coast Region

Part of the Council’s series of activities to tackle irregular youth migration and accelerate returnees’ management, this action will bring together youth and other stakeholders from different parts of the country to be trained on;
- Guidance and counseling, returnees’ case management and mentoring.
- Orient the returnees on opportunities and support agencies available for youth in the Gambia and how they can access such support services.
- Assess the capacities of the returnees for possible support and linkages with appropriate support service providers or projects.

Monday, June 19, 2017

UN experts urge The Gambia to address past rights violations to avoid recurrence

BANJUL / GENEVA (19 June 2017) – The Gambia is witnessing encouraging signs in moves to shed light on past human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, but must involve families fully in the process, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today.

“We welcome the commitments made by the Government of The Gambia to embark on comprehensive reforms, including measures to ensure truth, justice and reparation for victims, as well as prevent any recurrence of disappearances in the future,” said the Group’s Chair Houria Es-Slami and fellow delegation member Henrikas Mickevicius at the end of an official visit* to the country.

Friday, June 2, 2017

GYIN Gambia ELIT 2017: Expanding Youth Development through Entrepreneurial Mentorship

Churchill’s Town, The Gambia – The Global Youth Innovation Network Gambia Chapter (GYIN Gambia) will hold its 2nd Edition of the National Youth Summer Camp from July 23-August 1, 2017.
This year’s Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Information and Technology (ELIT 2017) Summer Camp will allow young people to become rural mentors in their own regions as well as other regions in the country.

The 10-day event will hold under the theme –ELIT 2017: Expanding Youth Development through Entrepreneurial Mentorship. It is aimed at establishing a rural mentorship programme; sharing knowledge and experience on entrepreneurship, agribusiness and youth development issues; seeking business opportunities and networking; and to design a rural youth employment survey plan.

Activities will take the form of conferences, individual and group presentations, quizzes, comedy, culture; field visits to agricultural project sites (rice and poultry farms), markets; and case studies on youth mentorship programmes.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Golden Lead clears the air, says we respect the ocean that gives us the fish and we are not disposing toxic waste water into the ocean

Golden Lead fish Meal Processing Company Gambia ltd, has refuted allegations of dumping rotten fish on the sea shores of Gunjur. According to the company, they do not buy only to throw away at the end of the day when it rots but are equipped with ultra-modern fish processing technology and they buy only what we can process for the day which is clearly communicated to the suppliers they work with. 

Moreover, they are a processing factory depending on artisanal fishing industry for supply of fish as such they are not involved in the extraction/exploitation of water resources.   

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Food insecurity and poverty, a major challenge to meeting SDGs target 2.1 in sub-Saharan Africa

With millions suffering from severe food insecurity in the region

Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa.
23 February 2017, Freetown - The second edition of the Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa (2016) reveals that some 153 million people, representing about 26 percent of the population above 15 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa, suffered from severe food insecurity in 2014/15.

“What it means is that, around one out of four individuals above 15 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa was hungry  but did not eat or went without eating for a whole day for lack of money or other resources for food”, remarked Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa.

“This assessment underlines the significance of the challenge facing the region in meeting SDGs’ target 2.1 and the relevance of sustainable and substantial support to food security and nutrition policies and programmes in the region”, he added.

On the aggregate level, sub-Saharan Africa achieved adequate food availability over the 2014–2016 period, with a Dietary Energy Supply (DES) of 110. However, several countries in the region remain highly dependent on food imports to ensure adequate food supplies, with some sub-regions depending on imports for up to a third of their cereal needs.

Gambia's Honorary Consul in Egypt Congratulates President Barrow

His Excellency, Hatem Raslan, first Honorary Consul of the Gambia in Egypt has extended his sincere congratulations and best wishes to the President of the Republic of The Gambia,  Mr. Adama Barrow.

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Your Excellency Sir,

On behalf of Raslan Group in the Gambia and in my own behalf as the Chief Executive of the group for Africa and the First Honorary Consul of the Gambia in Egypt to extend my sincere congratulation and best wishes to your Excellency, following your landslide victory in the December 1st 2016 Presidential Elections which has been described as the most transparent, free, fair and credible election by local and international election observers.  Your Excellency, the Gambian people have spoken, and your victory is a clear testimony of their trust and confidence that all patriotic Gambians must acknowledge and accept in good faith because the voice of the people is the voice of Allah SubhaanahWatallah. 

Your Excellency, the peaceful and democratic elections, which is the foundation of your Presidency, has been received with enthusiasm and hope for political and economic partnership by the international Community including Raslan Group. As the First Honorary Consul of the Gambia in Egypt, it is my pledge and desire to contribute my quota to the expansion and consolidation of meaningful international cooperation for the benefit of the Gambia and the Gambian people. In addition, I will seize this opportunity to assure Your Excellency of my continued support and collaboration in all your endeavors as Head of State.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

President Barrow inaugurates Joint Transition Team

President Adama Barrow and his Joint Transition Team

The President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow today, February 15, 2017, inaugurated a ‘Joint Transition Team’ at a ceremony held at his temporal office at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Senegambia.

The Joint Transition team comprises of current and former Ministers and Vice Presidents. The ceremony brought together dignitaries from the UNDP, Transition Expert, Secretary General, Permanent Secretaries, Executive Members of the Coalition 2016, Media and among a host of others.

“As you know, on 19th January, I had the honour to be sworn in as the President of the Republic of the Gambia, reflecting the will of the people expressed in free elections,” President Barrow reminded the gathering as he launches the Joint Transition Team.

“We are assembled here today for an important step on our democratic agenda- the inauguration of a Joint Transition Team.”