Barrow declares moratorium on use of death penalty

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

President Adama Barrow Sunday finally declared a moratorium on the use of death penalty in The Gambia, saying it is a first step towards abolition. 

He made this remarks during the 53rd Independence Anniversary of The Gambia. On Justice and Judicial reforms, he said, a Constitutional Review Commission, Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission and the Human Rights Commission have been enacted.  The executive secretary of the TRRC has also been appointment, he added.

“Similarly the Security Sector Reform assessment has been completed and it will guide the programme design and implementation,” he said. 

On Works and Infrastructure, he said, the government has secured $75 million grant from China to construct roads and bridges in the Upper River Region.

The Gambia, he said, is open for business and we have taken steps to facilitate trade and provide incentives for investment in the country.  He said that The Gambia is now a country that will benefit from greater openness through international trade.  Many investors are exploring the Gambian market and opportunities.

“We have formulated several policies to enhance our trade relations and to better integrate The Gambia to the multilateral trading system.  The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has been ratified.  The Gambia was successfully reinstated into the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which provides duty free market access to the United States.”

He said, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is partnering with Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment on the EU funded Youth Empowerment Project working closely with the International Organisation for Migration. 

President Barrow stated that the price of groundnut at the seccos has increased from D16,850 last year to D18,800 per ton this year.  Also, the Islamic Development Bank, he said has provided his government with $25million to support farmers with groundnut seeds and fertilizers. The Agriculture and Natural Resources policy 2017-2026 has been reviewed to boost and add value to agriculture.

The Gambian leader added that his government has put in place the right policies and programmes to protect our environment and combat the effects of climate change and has benefitted from $20.5million from the ECO system based adaptation climate change project to restore and build The Gambia natural resource base.

Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: Picture: President Barrow flank by CDS Kinteh