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IMF opens second West Africa Center to build capacity in region

With the aim of scaling up its support for capacity development in West Africa, the IMF has opened a new regional technical assistance center in Accra, Ghana, the fifth such center in Africa and the ninth worldwide. Offering capacity building services to six countries across western Africa, AFRITAC West II complements the region's existing center in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, established in 2003 to serve francophone West Africa. With the center's opening, the IMF fulfills its commitment to extend the AFRITAC network to serve all sub-Saharan African countries—a commitment made in 2002 with the IMF Capacity Building Initiative for Africa. The initiative seeks to strengthen the capacity of African governments and institutions to design and implement sound macroeconomic policies consistent with their poverty-reducing strategies.....

WAEC slaps Gambian linguistic and cultural heritage via literature

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), formally established in 1952, is an independent body charged with the responsibility of administering a standardised test (called West African Senior School Examination - WASSCE) in West (Anglophone) Africa i.e. Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Candidates of WASSCE are offered about 40 subjects, wherein individual candidate is expected to seat for not more than 9 subjects for either May/June type or November/December type. Among these subjects are English, Mathematics, Literature-in-English, History, Arabic and the three major Nigerian languages – Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo, et cetera......

Girl Guides chief notes challenges in achieving ‘MDG 2’

Mrs Yamudundow Jagne-Jobe, the chief commissioner of The Gambia Girl Guides Association has revealed that challenges still exist even though “we are working intensively through advocacy and policy promotion in collaboration with partners to enrol and retain girls and young women in schools.”...

New company poised to bridge knowledge in Gambian reinsurance market

Continental Reinsurance Corporation, one of the largest private reinsurance companies in Africa yesterday kicked-off a two-day training on non-life reinsurance. This training is specifically designed to increase and improve the knowledge and skills gap in non-life reinsurance in The Gambia insurance industry. According to organisers, it is part of efforts to develop the financial systems in Ecowas. The Nigeria-based pan-African company has partnered with the Insurance Association of The Gambia (IAG) to deliver the package to the local reinsurance industry. Pa Alieu Sillah, commissioner of nsurance at the Central Bank of The Gambia, said the training demonstrates the strong ties between Nigeria and The Gambia. He said the participants will gain technical knowledge and skills to enable their meaningful contribution to the growth and development of the various insurance companies in particular, and the economy as a whole....

Three Gambian youth to attend US-sponsored leadership programme

Press release On Friday, March 21, three Gambian youth leaders – Isatou Jallow, Mariama Jallow, and Momodou Jallow - departed for the United States as part of the US State Department's Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). The PAYLP offers secondary school youth and adult educators from up to 38 countries in sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to explore the themes of civic education, youth leadership development, community engagement, and respect for diversity through a three-week, intensive exchange in the United States. Special emphasis will be placed on opportunities for economic empowerment and skills based development....

UTG hold online conference

Students of the University of the Gambia last Tuesday held an online conference with students of Miami University at the UTG digital campus in Brikama. The purpose of the conference was to share ideas, culture, and views of each of the universities in an interactive and educative way so as to bring to the fore, as today's world demands for information and communication without boundaries....

MARABOUT HELD OVER DEATH OF INSANE PATIENT

Alhaji Karamo Njie, a renowned psychiatrist marabout and native of Jappineh village in Jarra Central, is helping police in their investigations for alleged murder of a man in his early thirties believed to be 'insane', The Standard newspaper is privy to. Speaking to The Standard newspaper yesterday, the police spokesman, ASP David Kujabi confirmed the veracity of the report. He explained: “On Saturday March 15, 2014, the body of the deceased was brought to the country's main referral hospital in Banjul for a post-mortem. We are now waiting for the autopsy report to determine the actual cause of death”......

Foroyaa’s Mass Kah opens defence in his sedition trial

Mass Kah an employee of the Foroyaa newspaper, yesterday opened his defence at the Kanifing courts before Magistrate Isatou Janneh after a no-case submission filed by his lawyer Lamin Camara was overruled...

Please come and invest in Gambia Minister tells global ICT leaders

The Gambia's minister for Works was in his element as he moved to woo global leaders in information and communications technology to invest in the country's telecoms industry. Minister Balla Garba Jahumpa, who is overseeing the Ministry Of Information and Communications Infrastructure, has assured that The Gambia is open for business. He introduced the ongoing regional ICT summit to transformative developments in that sector, in terms of laws and policies and infrastructure. ...

Mali’s former coup leader starts hunger strike over detention

The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos two years ago and allowed Islamists to seize its desert north has started a hunger strike to protest against the conditions of his detention, legal and military sources said on Thursday. General Amadou Sanogo was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping last November with regard to the disappearance during the 2012 coup of dozens of paratroopers loyal to toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure......

Summit motivates Gambia’s ambition for subregional ICT hub

The Gambia hopes to introduce leaders in the global information and communications technology industry to investment opportunities available in the country's ICT sector, as it plays host to the 12th edition of a regional ICT summit which kicks off today. ...

Women call for civic education programmes on national media

Women leaders from around Brikama have noted that there should more civic education programmes, particularly on the civic and political rights of women, on the national media. The women leaders said there should be days and times on the national TV and radio for institutions like the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) and other organisations working on the empowerment of women to sensitise people, particularly women, about their civic and political rights in local language....

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