Minister of finance and economic affairs Amadou Sanneh has reiterated that the
country’s government will continue to place excessive importance on internal
security which will include prioritizing the control of its borders for
strategic protection of citizens.
Presenting the 2018 national budget before National Assembly in Banjul yesterday, Minister Sanneh said the government, through his ministry will provide support to empower and develop all the internal security institutions including The Gambia Commission for Refugees and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
He said the international community including the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, AU and the EU, under the Resolute Support Mission will provide training advice, equipment, logistics and technical support to the Ministry of Interior.
Mr. Sanneh said the number of private security companies in the country is increasing which, he said is a significant source of employment. “The private security industry can play an important role in crime reduction, enhance community safety and contribute to sustainable economic growth.” However, he said the industry is largely unregulated and unmapped, saying that government will review the private security guard policy which will help in addressing deficiencies in the sector.
Minister Sanneh further told deputies that the ministry of foreign affairs will continue to amplify its efforts to further establish and strengthen ties with various countries which will enable Gambia to regain its lost respect in the international community after decades of isolation.
Highlighting efforts to foster greater cooperation with ally countries, minister Sanneh said Gambia government has signed an agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco to assist in the construction of a new office building for the foreign affairs ministry. The building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed this year.