Banjul Breweries negotiates with gov’t to avert closure

Monday, May 13, 2019

Banjul Breweries Company Ltd. is negotiating with the Gambia government to avoid closure of the country’s only brewery.

Banjul Breweries has been at loggerheads with the government over the new tax policy after The Gambia government last year announced a 75% tax rise on wine and beer, with the move affecting sugary drinks too.

The Brewery last week terminated the services of dozens of its staff as a result of the 75% upward tax from the government. According to records, the brewery’s tax contributions averaged 120 million dalasis in 2017.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, the Information Minister, Ebrima Sillah, gave assurance on behalf of the government that Banjul Breweries Ltd. will not shut down, adding that the government has listened to the concerns of the company and the public.

“Personally, I have reached out to the Banjul Breweries Company’s Sales manager, Borri Darboe, and assured him of government’s commitment to listen to their concerns.”

Speaking to Fatu Network, Borri Darboe, the Sales and Marketing  said that their negotiation with the ministries of Finance and Trade is finally in progress, noting that they are now waiting for them to make a move that meets the aspirations of all businesses in the sector.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara