Africell commemorates America’s 243rd independence anniversary

Monday, July 08, 2019

GSM Company –Africell- Wednesday commemorated the 243rd independence anniversary of the United States of America, at a local hotel, in Bijilo.

The GSM Company was established in Gambia in 2001 and with a core strategy to connect and empower local communities. Its current portfolio spans across West, Central, and East Africa.

America became independent in 1776, by issuing the declaration of independence adopted by the continental congress on July 4, 1776. The 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. The declaration summarised the colonists’ motivations for seeking independence. 

Africell Managing Director, Alhagie Badara Mbye said 4th July of every year is a day to reflect on the American journey from its founding to their modern times, saying in The Gambia, they at Africell pay their tribute and continue their admiration and respect for all those founders who participated in building their great nation.

“This institution have been the foundation of the global order. They have immensely contributed to human development and to the advancement of human civilization and made American an indispensable nation,” he said

Responding to critics and comments on social media about Africell’s commemoration of the American independence, Mr. Mbye said last month Africell signed a $120 million with the Overseas Private Investment Corporate (OPIC), and also have a $140 million financing from the bank of New York in 2018 through their US partnership. “OPIC is a self-sustaining US government agency that help businesses to invest in emerging markets to fund and create sustainable and vital projects and programmes such as those in The Gambia and sister organisations, where we have companies in Sierra Leone, DR Congo and Uganda,” he said

Shelly A. Seaver, deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Banjul expressed delights for partnering with Africell in celebrating American independence.

She commended the Africell CEO and Managing Director for bringing investment to the African continent, United States is proud to have Africell as their partner in The Gambia and for setting up an American corner. “Africell provides the opportunity for small businesses to be connected for people to stay in touch and promotes United States values,” she remarked.  

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara