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GBV officials briefs journalists on International Women Day

Mar 9, 2020, 12:23 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

As part of celebrations of the 2020 International Women’s Day, stakeholders in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV), last Friday briefed journalists on the important of the day.

The press briefing which took place at Action-Aid The Gambia office, was attended by gender activists  and organizations in the country. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Equal World is an Enable.’

Halimatou Jallow, GBV programme manager said International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year to support  women rights, adding that the idea is to bring attention to the social, political, economic and cultural issues that women faced and to advocate for the advancement of women in all aspects.

“As organizers of the celebration through collaboration, we can support women’s advancement and the day also used to recognize women that made significant contribution to the society.”

Ramu Sonko, Women Rights Specialist at Action-Aid The Gambia said the global strike marked 25 years since the first women conference in China, adding that this is to respond to the facts that the promises made by our governments is to advance the quality development and peace for women, not kept women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence.

Ebrima Njie of Beakanjang said  people who are affected most are the women, saying they are the most  vulnerable when it comes to decent work.

Standard Chartered Bank Hosts Thought Leadership Series –

The Gambia Economic Outlook 2020S

tandard Chartered Bank Gambia hosted a Thought Leadership Forum on The Gambia Economic Outlook on Thursday 5th March 2020 at Coco Ocean Resort and Spa. This is part of efforts to enhance the relationship between the Public Sector and the Organised Private Sector.

The event was attended by stakeholders, members of the diplomatic corps, policy makers, members of the private sector as well as major players from the financial sector.

In his welcome address K.O Adenowo, CEO Standard Chartered Bank, Gambia said as a responsible institution we want to assist the government and most importantly the citizenry in The Gambia to discuss the 2020 Budget, The Gambia Economic Outlook with key focus being on “Opportunities and Challenges”.

The 2020 budget highlight as it relates to the key drivers of economy form an important part in today’s discussion as national budgets provides investors, businesses, non-profits, citizens and others a sense of where the current government will invest in or support specific initiative

He thanked the panelists and the audience for gracing this occasion and assured them of the bank’s commitment to promote dialogue through forums like this.

The panelists were Mamadou Dioulde Barry Resident Representative IMF, Mehwish Ashraf Country Economist World Bank, Alieu Secka CEO GCCI and Bai Madi Ceesay, Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. The session was moderated by Mustapha John.

Emmanuel Kwapong, Standard Chartered Bank’s Africa Economist responsible for The Gambia presented the global macroeconomic outlook, the outlook within Africa, The Gambia and the forecasted impact of the corona virus on both the local and the global economy.

The interactive Forum drew key stakeholders and diverse representatives from most sectors in The Gambian economy who asked important questions and gave positive recommendations on the way forward.