May 29, 2020, 11:26 AM
The Gambian president further informed the meeting that the country has registered over forty confirmed COVID-19 cases so far as he delivered his statement to the meeting themed, “Sharing Solutions in Challenging Times”.
“While most of the infected persons have recovered, unfortunately, two lives have been lost. However, there is a lot more to be done, with a lot of resources still needed to contain the virus,” he said.
He added that the country continues to be vigilant by increasing awareness and observing all relevant guidelines.
President Barrow noted the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19, which he said, brought to the fore the significant importance Commonwealth attaches to trade and investment. He described these as “prerequisites” for economic growth, sustainable development, employment and poverty reduction.
Consequently, he added, implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement is immensely vital, just as the enhanced access to all markets for the exports of developing countries.
In recognition of this Commonwealth trade and investment potential, President Barrow used the meeting to sound an advocacy bell on what he called “the intensification of an intra-Commonwealth trade.”
“Commonwealth developing member countries should also be assisted with financial and technical assistance to allow the effective implementation of sound macroeconomic policies. This will lead to equitable distribution of the benefits of sustaining high rates of economic growth for poverty reduction,” he told the meeting.
“Foreign Direct Investment is an essential component of our national development efforts,” the Gambian president added, and further recommends the following:
President Barrow said this pandemic constitutes the most daunting health and economic challenge ever faced by humankind, and calls for concerted global effort to effectively mitigate its economic and social consequences, especially the unprecedented loss of life.
“Despite our diversity as members of the Commonwealth family, we are all affected by the global pandemic, which has devastated our national economies and increased unemployment,” he maintained.
Chief editors of print media houses in the country have expressed dismay over the impact of covid-19 on newspapers across the country since the pandemic hit the country in March resulting in the closure of some organisations after the declaration of State of Public Emergency by the government to control the spread of the virus.
Lance Corporal Nuha Conteh, a member of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) who was last week Tuesday arrested by operatives of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia, (DLEAG) and opened fire in the air to scare guards on duty and escaped has been rearrested, The Point has learnt.
Rohey Malick Lawe, the mayoress of Banjul City Council (BCC) has called on the President Adama Barrow- led government to give subventions to the councils as clearly indicated in the Local Government Act.
The people of Sukuta who were arrested in the midst of land tussle with government on Tuesday spoke to journalists at the Brusubi Police Station days after they were granted bail.
Fafa Sanyang, the minster of Petroleum and Energy during yesterday’s Africa Ministerial Roundtable Virtual Meeting jointly hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of Senegal on the Impact of Covid-19 on Africa's Energy Sector, proposed for ECOWAS member states to promote the use of liquid petroleum gas in order to eradicate the use of fuel wood and charcoal.