Demba Ali Jawo, Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure who also doubles as Spokesperson of the Government has clarified the government’s position on Togo.
Minister Jawo during a press conference briefed reporters about a news article that made the rounds on Monday, October 23, 2017 that The Gambia’s Foreign Ministry called on the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo following the political situation in that country.
He said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ousainou Darboe has denied ever calling for the resignation of the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe as published by the Reuters News Agency. He added that the two countries remain bonded by strong ties.
Minister Jawo also refuted false twitter account disclaimer on recognition of Catalonia, saying the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken steps to shut down the false Twitter account.
“The government of the Republic of The Gambia has never and does not recognize Catalonia’s declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Spain,” Minister Demba Ali Jawo asserted.
Minister Jawo spoke about the Federal Republic of Nigeria offering 550 scholarship to The Gambia for both undergraduate and graduate for 2017/2018 Academic Year. He said the Ministry of Higher Education has also received 50 scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate studies from the Senegalese Government for the 2017/2018 Academic Year. The Ministry, he said has negotiated with the Senegalese Government for Gambian students wishing to study as private candidates to pay local rates as Senegalese students.
The Information Minister said the government is looking into fully liberalizing the International Gateway which is expected by January 2018 as Gamtel’s subsequent 6 months management expires following the termination of the MGI contract.
He also spoke about the tourism sector.
“Tourist arrivals are expected to exceed 41 flights with the commencement of the October tourist season,” he asserted.
Jawo spoke about the industrial fishing operations in June 2017, a total revenue of GMD 8, 279, 085.75 Million Dalasi has been realized from license with D135, 000 from fishing license fees including a revenue of D5, 252, 168.00 Million from fish landing fees.
He also said that about 40 percent of work is completed at the Yellitenda/Bambatenda bridge.