Sunday, September 29, 2013

Jammeh identifies three biggest threats to human existence

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly on Friday Sept. 27, 2013 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton,Pool) — AP

Britain warn its citizens against using Gambia ferry

Ferry Banjul 3
Do not use Gambia ferry, United Kingdom tells British (Photo credit: Sinsistema)

President Jammeh notes progress and challenges of MDGs

Jammeh addresses 68th UNGA (Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)
Yahya Jammeh has noted both substantial progress and remaining challenges for Africa’s quest to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, 2015 when he spoke on Friday at the UN General Assembly in New York.  

In reference to the 2013 MDG report on Africa’s performance, the President of The Gambia said the remaining challenges include the difficulty of translating economic growth into decent job opportunities, improving service delivery and minimizing income, gender and spatial inequalities.  

Civil strife and terrorism undermine human security

Jammeh, President of the Gambia, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly.
Friday 27 September 2013 United Nations, New York (Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Prolonged overvalued exchange rate would damage Gambia’s international competitiveness - IMF warns

UN Women Chief: Access to education for girls is vital to lift millions out of poverty

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Nanette Braun, Chief of Communications and Advocacy, address press. Photo Credit: UN Women

The Gambia: IMF suggests further tax reforms to strengthen revenues

Beachside with a donkey cart in Gambia. França...
Also, IMF Board claims The Gambia made significant progress in the fight against poverty prior to the drought, however, it admitted that poverty is still widespread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Criminals look for vulnerable sectors to launder their proceeds – Dr Shehu

GIABA DG Dr. Abdullahi Shehu says criminals are stepping-up their illicit actiities (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/2012)
Following the implementation of regional and national Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) measures with emphasis on financial institutions, criminals look for vulnerable sectors through which they could launder their proceeds, according to Dr. Abdullahi Shehu.

The Director General of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) explain on Wednesday that one such vulnerable sector is the designated non-financial instititions, business professions (DNFBPs).

DNFBPs comprises of accountants, real estate agents, lawyers, notaries, and other independent legal profesionals, he said during a GIABA-organised training on the AML/CFT requirements for accountants in English-speaking West Africa from 11 to 12 September, 2013 in Banjul, The Gambia.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

GIABA bring AML/CFT requirements to West African accountants in Banjul

Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/2012

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) requirements has been brought to the attention of accountants in English-speaking West Africa by GIABA.

The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa, GIABA, is holding a training on the AML/CFT requirements from 11 to 12 September, 2013 in Banjul, The Gambia.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) revised standards place obligations on accounting professionals to adopt and implement AML/CFT measures, including risk assessment and application of the Risk-Based Approach to AML/CFT implementation, GIABA said.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gambia: ‘Viable avenue for citizens to report human rights violations’

The tiny West African nation of The Gambia is often criticized for alleged human rights violations.

Sioux City Human Rights Commission
Sioux City Human Rights Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The creation of a Human Rights Commission in The Gambia will provide a “viable avenue” for the citizenry to lodge their complaints on human rights and other violations, according to Claire Mckenzie.

The acting General Secretary, Commonwealth Secretariat, who was speaking last week at a validation of a document on the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in The Gambia, support the significance of an independent human rights institution.

Mckenzie said the proposed NHRC can help draft legislations that are passed through parliament to ensure they are in conformity with international human rights obligations ratified by The Gambia.