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Abu Dhabi ‘Ready’ to Invest in Gambia
July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Barrow speaks upon arrival

Barrow speaks upon arrival

President Adama Barrow has said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stands ready to support Gambia through exploring investment opportunities available in the country, as well as implementing various partnership agreements reached during his two days’ state visit.

The President returned from an official visit which he undertook on the invitation of the government and Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This was the first time in the history of The Gambia that a president is invited in an official capacity to visit the UAE, especially as a member of the OIC.

“They are ready to come to Gambia, and have assigned a technical team to come down to Banjul and engage with our government in order to best explore the opportunities we have to offer,” President Barrow told reporters upon return from the trip early Wednesday morning.

He and his delegation discussed the OIC as an organization, and the hosting of the summit in Banjul come 2022. They also discussed investment [opportunities] knowing very well the capacity of the Emirate country to invest in The Gambia.

The President’s delegation also held several meetings with authorities of the Abu Dhabi Fund. High on their agenda included the 2022 OIC Heads of States Summit to be hosted in the Gambia.

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi pledged to assist the Gambia with the. VIP vehicles for the Heads of States attending the Summit in the Gambia; provide some airport ground handling equipment for the Banjul International Airport, and construction of an aircraft parking apron at the Banjul International Airport that will accommodate aircrafts flying in for the summit.

On agreements that were reached, including the legal protection for Gambian workers in Abu Dhabi, he said despite signing such agreements, it has to still go through ratification by people’s representatives at the National Assembly.

“Anything we do in this country have to follow the due process. We will follow the due process to make sure we ratify it and move on,” he assured, advising that everybody in this country follow the due process in order to consolidate the gains of the new democracy.

The president said the Prince of Abu Dhabi had asked him what they could do in The Gambia. In response, he outlined all the prospects available in The Gambia. “The most important of them all is the environment [for business]… the sky is the limit for The Gambia,” President Barrow added.

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Equatorial Guinea’s to boost Opportunities for African Services Companies with Upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day
July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Oil & Gas Meeting Day will offer the opportunities for African services companies to make deals with regional and international partners
photo credit @Africa Oil & Power:Equatorial Guinea’s to boost Opportunities for African Services Companies with Upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day

photo credit @Africa Oil & Power:Equatorial Guinea’s to boost Opportunities for African Services Companies with Upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 17, 2019/ — In order to strengthen cooperation amongst African companies, encourage the development of a strong African content and promote joint-venture opportunities, Malabo will be hosting the Oil & Gas Meeting Day on October 1-2, 2019.

The summit is part of Equatorial Guinea’s Year of Energy and will focus on exploring opportunities and deals amongst services companies, which are central to the development of strong African capabilities across the oil & gas value-chain.

The African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/) strongly supports the National Alliance of Hydrocarbons Service Companies (NAHSCO) in the organization of this upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day. We invite all our partners, especially national oil companies and public and private services companies, to come to Malabo in October. This will be a key platform for dialogue and deals with international, technology and services companies.

“Equatorial Guinea is rapidly becoming a hub for African service companies, driving a regional approach to local content based on partnerships and oil industry cooperation,” said Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber and CEO of the Centurion Law Group. “The development of a strong African oil services industry is crucial if we want to get value out of our natural resources and create jobs. The way to build African capacities is to work together and create jobs, and we are happy Malabo is bringing everyone together.”

The Oil & Gas Meeting Day will offer the opportunities for African services companies to make deals with regional and international partners and drive global transformations within the oil services industry. More importantly, it will provide a platform to share experiences on local content and advocate for a regionalization of local content development within African oil markets. “With this meeting, African services companies and national oil companies have the chance to not only be part of the game, but change it to their benefits,” added Nj Ayuk.

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African Energy Chamber’s Angola President to Lead Angolan Services Companies’ African Outreach at Upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day in Malabo
July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
The growth of Africa’s oil & gas sector presents the continent’s services companies with tremendous opportunities for partnerships and regional expansion

LUANDA, Angola, July 17, 2019/ — Angolan and Mozambican services companies are answering to Equatorial Guinea’s call to cooperation and will be participating in the Oil & Gas Meeting Day in Malabo on October 1st and 2nd, 2019. The delegation will be led by President of the African Energy Chamber in Angola, Sergio Pugliese.

The growth of Africa’s oil & gas sector presents the continent’s services companies with tremendous opportunities for partnerships and regional expansion. As Africa’s second largest oil producer and thanks to its strong local content efforts, Angola is now home to countless services companies with the necessary capacities to expand across sub-Saharan Africa.

“Angola is known for having strong local services companies,” said Sergio Pugliese. “The growth of our local content is now accelerating thanks to the reforms made by President João Lourenço and his administration. We now have Angolan companies that developed strong capabilities and are ready to expand beyond Angola. They are seeking partnerships and deals with other African and international services and technology companies, to serve both their regional expansion plans but also to further support the growth of the Angolan industry at home. The Oil & Gas Meeting Day provides the perfect platform to seal such deals.”

The African Energy Chamber  (https://EnergyChamber.org/)strongly supports the Oil & Gas Meeting Day, a Year of Energy event organsied by Equatorial Guinea’s National Alliance of Hydrocarbons Service Companies (NAHSCO). Malabo has positioned itself as the hub for services companies to engage in meaningful conversations on how to build the next-generation of African oil & gas leaders and companies. The services industry is a massive job creator and a strong pillar of the global oil & gas industry. As cooperation amongst African oil markets increases, the need for services companies to step up their game and pursue an aggressive outreach has become a necessity.

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Gambia:GFF Organises One-Day Event to Expose Participants to Beach Soccer
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

 The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) over the weekend organised a one-day beach soccer competition in an effort to expose participants to the game ahead of the introduction of a beach soccer league in the country.

The event was held at the Palma Rima Beach in Kololi and it was organised by Football House through the GFF Beach Soccer Committee, the body appointed by the Executive Committee with the mandate to advise the Federation’s leadership on matters pertaining to the game. The event also gave the players and coaches the opportunity to get themselves acquainted to some of the basic formalities of the game.

Mafugie Jatta, the Secretary of the Committee said: “This exhibition is organised by our Committee ahead of the tournament proper where we will bring in teams to participate.”

He added that the Committee is further tasked by the GFF Executive to organise beach soccer activities and activate the game.

He disclosed that eight clubs and two zones have already registered with the Beach Soccer Committee and in the coming weeks they will be visiting all the training grounds to help them understand more about the game and its rules and regulations.

He added that the priority for the Committee is to kick start the league and put facilities in place before thinking about setting up a national team for competitions.

“For now our main target is to play the league, so that we can have a story to tell CAF and FIFA as to gather more support from them. Our President Mr. Lamin Kaba Bajo is a member of the FIFA Beach Soccer Organising Committee so we are trying to put the necessary infrastructure in place and to popularise the game,” he concluded.

 

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Gambia: GFF to Train Regional Referees
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) in its drive to build the capacity of all the players of the domestic game, would this weekend organise a referees’ intermediate training course for our men in black in regional Gambia.

The four-day event, which will be held between the 17th and 21st July, 2019, in Jarra Soma of the Lower River Region (LRR), will bring together participants from the host region as well as the Central River Region (CRR). The training is done in collaboration with football’s world governing body, FIFA, as part of its Forward 2.0 Referees’ Development Program requirement.

Mr. Seedy Manneh, Referees Manager of the GFF, disclosed that the idea and motive of the capacity building is to enhance the effectiveness and competence level of the referees at grassroots and regional football levels.

“We intend to have 10 training programs across the country. We’ve already held the basic training for the Kanifing Municipality and Banjul but the intermediate will start with LRR, CRR then later we proceed to Upper River Region (URR) and North Bank Region (NBR) before finally coming back to finish up with Banjul and Kanifing”, he explained.

Mr. Manneh further stated that 25 participants are expected to attend the training at each region and this will include both male and female referees.

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Cameroon: Head coach Clarence Seedorf, Assistant Patrick Kluivert Sacked
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

The head coach of the indomitable lions of Cameroon Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert have been sacked by the country’s Football Federation, FECAFOOT. The decree dismissing the duo was signed this Tuesday July 16, 2019 by FECAFOOT boss, Prince Seidou Mbombo Njoya.

Their sacking comes on the heels of comments made by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi questionning the decision of the coach’s decision in certain matches and the disunity that existed within the squad.

Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert have only been in charge of the indomitable lions of Cameroon for just under a year before their dismissal. The duo were appointed in August of 2018 to lead the side in defending their AFCON crown which the team won in 2017 and to guide the side into 2021.

Seedorf took a very talented Cameroon team to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt but failed to bring out the best in the Team and as defending Champions the team won just one of 4 games before been kicked out of the tournament in the 16th finals by eventual semi finalists Nigeria.

Seedorf’s Era as Coach of Cameroon though less than 12 months old have been plagued by controversies ranging from players critizing him publicly to illogical selection fringe players, disagreement with his colleagues and arrogance towards his environment amongst others.

Below is a detailed excerpt of what the Minister of Sports and Physical education said while speaking during CRTV program “Presidence Actu” of Monday 15 July which led to the sacking of Clarence Seedorf, as transcribed by pavels-sportsbiz.com

“The inability of the coach to put in place a competitive and coherent team….. In four matches we noticed that he presented four different teams. We noticed his difficulty to understand the group and instil order and discipline…..

“There is also the inadequate and less pertinent changes like in the match against Nigeria during which we easily conceded three goals also not conserving the advantage that we had acquired at a certain moment. There also was the case of less productivity at the offense and defense levels which made the lions not to score even a goal in two matches against Ghana and Benin.

“According to a report coming from our representatives who went to Egypt, there is said to have been a misunderstanding between Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert together with other national assistants who might have been proposing better ideas which were never considered.

“His failure to instil discipline and fighting spirit in the team did not tie with the contract he had signed on August 10 2018. In this situation, the Ministry of Sports and FECAFOOT, Co-signers of the said contract, have the question of maintaining Seedorf at the helm of our national team clearly posed.

It doesn’t seem to me that this question could find reasonably and objectively, with regard to everything that I’ve evoked, a response in terms of renewal of contract. His maintenance is therefore problematic” Minister Narcisse Moelle Kombi concluded on the matter.

The indomitable lions who started the AFCON in group F, got kicked out (3-2) by Nigeria in the round of 16. This was after they had finished second in their group with 5 points, following a win and two draws against Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Benin respectively.

Cameroon will now go out in search of a replacement for the pair and other vacant places in the technical bench that may be created in the days ahead.

According to Kick442.com, Seedorf leaves with a disappointing win rate of 33% in 12 games as Coach of Cameroon.

 

 

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President Barrow Holds Bilateral Talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Barrow with UAE Crown Prince

Barrow with UAE Crown Prince

President Adama Barrow has on Monday held bilateral talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the United Arab Emirates Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi Recently.

The two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, including the potential increase of support in the areas of vision and eye care services in The Gambia through the Sheikh Zayed Eye Care Center, which is providing various services in West Africa. Giving that Abu Dhabi was one of the countries that pledged to support The Gambia’s National Development Plan 2018-2021, the bilateral discussion couldn’t have come at a better time.

The talks gave the two leaders an opportunity to consult on areas that would strengthen the cordial relationship that exist between the two countries for the benefit of their peoples. While espousing the great investment potentials of The Gambia in the hope of forging a closer partnership, President Barrow thanked the Crown Prince for his wonderful hospitality.

Leaders in business, politics, and society from across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi were in attendance to meet and greet the president and his delegation.

Following the meeting with the Crown Prince, President Barrow was also taken on a conducted tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center – the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi with a capacity of 51, 000 people.

 

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GAMBIA-UAE SIGN LEGAL PROTECTION AGREEMENT FOR GAMBIAN WORKERS
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

The governments of The Gambia and the United Arab Emirates have on Monday July 15th signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide a legal framework of protection for potential Gambian workers in the United Arab Emirates recently.

With the agreement coming into effect, The Gambia government would ensure the ‘’recruitment and preparation for deployment of workers to the UAE’’ in line with Gambian laws, procedures, guidelines and regulations.

The MOU was signed on behalf of the Gambia government by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Momodou Tangara in Abu Dhabi, UAE on the sidelines of the official visit of His Excellency President Adama Barrow. On the other hand, the UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli signed on behalf of his government.

The bilateral arrangement would provide legal protection for Gambian workers and effectively eliminate the risks of illegal recruitment and deployment of workers by shady recruitment agencies. The agreement establishes a dispute resolution mechanism and a joint committee of senior officials from both countries that would monitor and periodically assess the implementation of the agreement.

Gambian workers would have to be in possession of an employment offer duly signed by both the worker and employer, verified and approved by The Gambia government before deployment – a solid mechanism that would make sure no one is tricked in accepting fake jobs proposals.

According to the top government representatives, the cooperation agreement in the field of human resource would enhance the existing friendly relations between the two countries. Speaking about the importance of the event, Minister Tangara said it was the ‘‘the beginning of a very fruitful mutual relationship’’.

He extolled the high level of ‘‘tolerance, openness, and respect for the whole humanity’’ that exists in the UAE, while describing the hospitality accorded to the visiting Gambian delegation as legendary.

Part of the fundamental responsibilities of the UAE government set out in the agreement is to uphold the rights of Gambian workers pursuant to its laws. The UAE Minister assured his counterpart that his country has ‘’very strong laws in place that protect the right of workers’’, leading to top global rankings in employment.

He said the ceremony was opening a new chapter of collaboration in knowledge transfer and technology.

Other aspects of the cooperation agreement involve strengthening the regulatory capacities of the respective countries to combat trafficking in persons as well as technical and human resource development.

 

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Turkish Embassy Gambia Mourns Victims of 15th July Coup Attempt
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Turkey’s Embassy in The Gambia has remembered those who lost their lives on 15th July, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.

Fetullah Gulen, a ring leader Fetullah Terrorist Organization (feto) is the mastermind of the coup attempt which resulted to the loss of lives of more than 250 innocent civilian and wounded thousands.

On 15th July, 2019, during a press conference at Turkey’s Embassy in Banjul, its Ambassador Ismail Sefa Yuceer lamented that it was very difficult for the first time in Turkey history people were attacked from within by soldiers they indiscriminately killed innocent people of more than 250 who took to the street to defend Turkey to show strong ownership of Turkey democracy and they were killed by Fetullah Terrorist organization.

He explained that what happen on 15 July, 2016 they used State elements with security structures especially the police and the army so their ultimate aim was to capture the state from within to establish their order so that Fetullah Gulen can be replaced as President most possibly.

“But Turkey people show a strong ownership to democracy took to the streets by the power of the President to defend the democracy, they risk their lives stand in the military vehicles and these terrorists used these vehicles indiscriminately shooting at the people,” Ambassador Yuceer added.

He pointed out that this event has become very tragic so that the bravely and heroic resistance of people was hold by Turkey’s government that is why today was declare by the government as National Unity and Democracy Day in Turkey.

“We are refreshing all our minds in this painful and tragic moment, but on the other hand we can be proud of our nation and the people who fought hard and take a strong ownership to democracy,” he added.

He urged the world to be vigilant about the activities of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

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Gambia: Ex- VP Slams Poor Infrastructure in CRR
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Ousainou Darboe

Ousainou Darboe

Ousainou Darboe, former Vice President has lamented what he called poor infrastructure, lack of qualified doctors and lack of adequate educational institutions that can better the lives of the people living in the Central River Region (CRR).

Darboe, also leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), a politically rally over the weekend at Jarumeh Koto village in Central River Region of The Gambia that: “If you observe from Ballangharr up to Sami there is no effective health Center in the area. Even Kuntaur that they claimed to be a major health center – if you go there and compare it with other countries it will look like a dispensary. There is no doctor in Karantaba Major health Center and you still calling them major health centers”.

The veteran lawyer cum politician assured that UDP government will make sure that development is reach to all across the country, irrespective of where one resides.

The former foreign affairs minister warned that some seating members of National Assembly in the region were bent on politicizing the rural electricity project, adding that the project is a Gambia government and African Development Bank project signed during the time of Yahya Jammeh on behalf of the rural people.

 

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Kenya:Fuel prices rise in the midst of high cost of living
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Kenya Shell Petrol Station

Kenya Shell Petrol Station

High cost of fuels poses to add more miseries on already starving Kenyans as the high cost of life pushes the East African country’s residents to the wall.

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory on Sunday announced the latest retail pump prices of petroleum products which took effect on Monday July 15 and will run up to August 14, 2019.

The price of super petrol has increased in five consecutive months while diesel and petroleum have decreased slightly as per the changes.

The adjustments have been attributed to an average landed cost of imported petroleum products and a drop of Kenya shilling against the US dollar.

“Super Petrol decreased by 1.8 per cent from $538 per cubic metre in May, 2019 to $528 in June 2019; Diesel decreased by 3.07 per cent from $536 to $519 per cubic metre and kerosene declined by 5.49 per cent from $533 to $504 per cubic metre,” said the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory director general Robert Oimeke.

The Free On Board (FOB) price of Murban  crude oil cost dropped from $72.35 per barrel to $64.80 per barrel whereas the mean monthly US dollar to Kenya shilling exchange rate depreciated by 0.68 per cent from May to June, 2019.

The modification in the price of petrol is also linked to 5.17 per cent annual inflation tax adjustment which saw excise duty levied on certain products such as fuel, alcohol, motorcycles and cigarettes.

The tax on Kerosene and diesel reduced while it increased on petrol.

“The pump prices are inclusive of eight per cent Value Added Tax in the line of the provisions of the Finance Act 2018 and the revised rates for exercise duty adjusted for inflation via legal notice of 109 of 9 July 2019,” reiterated Oimeke.

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Angola and DRC Wade Into Rwanda – Uganda Feud
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Heads of State in Quadripartite meeting in Luanda, Angola. From left is President Muveni, President João Lourenço, Paul Kagame and Felix Tshisekedi

Heads of State in Quadripartite meeting in Luanda, Angola. From left is President Muveni, President João Lourenço, Paul Kagame and Felix Tshisekedi

Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo have vowed to mediate Rwanda and Uganda so as to end tensions that have been characterizing both countries.

The move was announced this Friday during a quadripartite meeting that brought together President João Lourenço of Angola and the host, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The statement that was released after the meeting, shows that their discussions focused on reviewing general  situation in sub-region  as well as the strengthening  the cooperation among four countries.

They   stressed  “the importance of permanent, frank and open dialogue that should be strengthened both bilaterally between the states of the region and multilaterally , for the consolidation of peace and security  and as fundamental premise for economic integration.”

On the agenda, the issue between Rwanda and Uganda was presented. Both countries ‘relations have been deteriorating, one country accusing another of threatening it security.

Rwanda accuse Uganda of supporting group rebels that want destabilize its security, incarcerate and  torture Rwandans citizens living in Uganda who declined to cooperate with Rwanda’s dissidents.

Uganda in turn accuse Rwanda of sending spies on its territory to destabilize its security.

During quadripartite meeting of Heads of state, Angola was determined to mediate  Rwanda and Uganda, with the  support of Democratic Republic of Congo.

“As far as  bilateral relations between the Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda are concerned, the summit welcomed the willingness of the two parties to continue the dialogue with a view to finding  a solution to  the existing  problem”, the statement reads in part

It adds “ In this regard, the summit welcomed the readiness of the Republic of Angola with the support of the Democratic Republic of Congo to facilitate this process.”

The four Heads of State agreed to continue their consultations on issues of common interest.

Tensions between Rwanda and Uganda have hurt the economy as since March this year Rwanda advised its nationals not to cross to Uganda due to their security.

Uganda is a route of goods from Mombasa port of Kenya heading to countries like Rwanda, Burundi and east of the  Democratic Republic of Congo.

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