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NFTR convenes 3rd media, stakeholder engagement

Jan 2, 2020, 3:01 PM | Article By: Jarra Cham & Sanna Allow

Network of Financial and Tax Reporters (NFTR) - Gambia chapter, Tuesday held their third media and stakeholders engagement forum at the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bijilo.

The forum aims to bring all the Network’s stakeholders under one platform to interact and discuss challenges and successes of their institutions to carve the way forward.

President, Abdoulie Nyockeh said the Network was recently formed by journalists reporting on business, finance and tax matters.

He said the objective of the Network is to ensure that journalists are well equipped with the requisite skills and knowledge to report on financial, tax administration and taxations laws in order to create awareness on the importance of tax and tax related matters.

“The chapter is committed to create awareness about money laundry and anti-terrorism and the dangers they pose to the society. We believe that we have an important role to play in helping to protect our financial system and economy from money laundry and terrorist financing threats,” he said.

Alhagie Jeng, finance manager of Gambia Bankers Association said supporting the Network is an advantage to the country’s fight against money laundry and anti-terrorism, adding that the objective of GBA is to promote professionalism, public awareness and contribute to national development.

Lamin Cham, representative of media chiefs said establishment of the Network is commendable, saying there is a need for reporters to be aware of tax reporting techniques.

He urged reporters to remain ethical at all time hence they have a vital role to play in national development.

The Network of Financial and Tax Reporters- Gambia chapter was established in March 2018 after a three-day intensive media engagement for communicators and media practitioners organised by the African Tax Administration forum (ATAF) secretariat, held in Kigali, Rwanda.