Dec 31, 2020, 12:45 PM
A daylong forum on the 2021 National Budget was at the weekend held at the Regional Education Office Hall in Basse, Upper River Region.
“This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase over the next six months and will help them channel more of their scarce financial resources towards vital emergency medical and other relief efforts.
“The CCRT can currently provide about US$500 million in grant-based debt service relief, including the recent US$185 million pledge by the U.K. and US$100 million provided by Japan as immediately available resources. Others, including China and the Netherlands, are also stepping forward with important contributions. I urge other donors to help us replenish the Trust’s resources and boost further our ability to provide additional debt service relief for a full two years to our poorest member countries.”
The countries that will receive debt service relief today are: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, D.R., The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Togo, and Yemen.
Revealing the secret intentions of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) on organising a closed door congress/election to select new executive members of the, the Caliph General of Basori has called on President Adama Barrow to intervene, while ordering the Imam Touray led executive members to vacate office to give way to an open and a fair and participatory election.
The Covid 19 pandemic and its resultant total shutdown of the tourism industry in The Gambia like other destinations worldwide continues to compound the menace of unemployment in The Gambia and the Tourism Industry is hardest hit as employees and small scale enterprise owners risked loss of jobs, income and livelihoods.