K. Ceesay, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Employment (MoTIE) has said that transit goods under World Trade Organisation
(WTO) and Ecowas Conventions should not be subjected to local or national
controls and regulations.
Mr. Ceesay made these remarks at a press conference held at MoTIE conference hall yesterday.
He stated that transit goods would be exempted from the local or GNTU instituted queuing regulation. “Transit goods importers or consignees should be allowed to pick their goods free of hindrance,” he added.
He noted that subjecting transit goods to a queue will bring about unintended consequence of congestion and delays at the port of Banjul. He added that this will also attract similar restriction to Gambian truckers plying international corridors.
“It also erodes the competitiveness of our port and makes the destination expensive for vessel berthing in our ports,” he added.
Fabba Jammeh, director of Trade in his remarks described transit trade as an essential component of the integration process the region is undergoing, saying The Gambia has a huge stake in the integration process.
Mr. Jammeh urged parties involved to appreciate the ministry’s role as their objective is to ensure the private sector prevail under the right environment and compete fairly.