Gov’t tables development plan before donors

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By Tabora Bojang & Mustapha Darboe

The Gambia government yesterday tabled its development agenda 2018- 2021 before a meeting with the international donor community at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.
The agenda revealed government’s plans to create structures for good governance, human rights and security sector reform, macroeconomic stabilization and economic management.

“Our reforms agenda ranges from constitutional, legal, economic and social aspects of governance… We are prioritizing media reforms,” Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang, the vice president said.
She informed the meeting that government is committed to resuscitating the Gambian economy which influenced their decision of curtailing government spending and also reducing domestic borrowing to 1% of the small nation’s GDP.

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The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Gambia, Attila Lajos, has promised to disburse 33 million euros to the small nation to deal with youth migration by the end of the year.
Currently, the EU has is supporting Gambian youth with an 11 million euro project which is expected to create jobs and stem irregular migration.

“Too many Gambians die on the back-way to Europe or get stranded in the desert and become victim of traffickers or die in the Mediterranean Sea. Too many families lose their loved ones,” Lajos said.
EU is the leading donour partner of Gambia.
Finance minister Amadou Sanneh said the development plan will guide the new Government to deliver on their promise of good governance, accountability and economic prosperity.