By Omar Bah
The Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang yesterday launched the Gambia International Airlines’ new state-of-the-art cargo complex at the Banjul International Airport.
The multi-million dalasi cargo complex includes a civil works component for a warehouse that is furnished with cold storage and other facilities to handle air cargo.
The Vice President, who deputized the President at the launch, said the new cargo complex is a significant milestone in the development of the country.
The VP said the project which is hatched through the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) which seeks to increase participation in international trade will complement her government’s efforts.
“I have no doubt that it will play a pivotal role in lifting the private sector and as well ease the numerous difficulties the country is faced with in the areas of air cargo transport. It will help the government in its new development strives and as well connect us to the rest of the world,” she said.
She thanked the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), GIA and all the stakeholders who played their part in ensuring the completion of the project.
The director general, GIA, Lamin Cham said the new cargo complex aims at improving livelihoods in tourism.
He said the cargo which beats all international standards could not have come at a better time.
“Our mission is to achieve excellence in the formulation and implementation of Customs initiatives, realizing the revenues in a fair, equitable and efficient manner, administering the Government’s economic, facilitating trade and industry by streamlining and simplifying Customs processes and helping Gambian business to enhance its competitiveness,” he said.
He added: “We also want to create a climate for voluntary compliance by providing guidance and building mutual trust, we shall carry out our tasks with integrity and judiciousness, courtesy and understanding, objectivity and transparency, promptness and efficiency.”