APAG Chairman blames deputies on Alcohol excise tax review

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Chairman of the Alcohol Policy Alliance (APAG) Gambia chapter has blamed members of the National Assembly select committee on trade on their review of the excise tax on alcohol, saying the document should be regarded as industrial interference.

During a last Friday interview with The Point, Alagie B Janneh said, understanding alcohol issues in The Gambia and the alarming rate of its intake in the country, they are totally against the deputies’ review. “We are advocating for the government to come up with a policy that would guide both the consumers and the industry to provide alcohol policy alliance that would guide the consumers and the industry.”

Mr. Janneh said they are not in line with the decision of the National Assembly, saying he listened to the review and heard a parliamentarian from the select committee on trade saying that the process was an oversight. 

He denied the process of being an oversight because cement and other commodities were increased but it was never brought before the parliament. “Then why is the alcohol bill brought before the National Assembly?”

Mr. Janneh said some members of the select committee were looking at the economic trend, saying the government is the prime duty bearer to come up with policies and look at where they can gain revenue, but it has to be in the best interest of the people.

Author: Njie Baldeh