Gambia’s finance and economic affairs, fisheries and security matters dominated the agenda when President Adama Barrow presided over the forth cabinet meeting on Wednesday.Speaking at the meeting, the minister of Finance and economic affairs, Amadou Sanneh briefed cabinet about the $15 million support to improve rearing of livestock, energy and the promotion of health care service from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) which he said is part of a new strategy to help countries address their challenges.
Sanneh said the African Development Bank is also using a similar strategy to support African countries, focusing on five critical areas which dovetails with Gambia’s development needs
which include; electricity, food security, industrialisation, regional integration and improving people’s quality of life.
Cabinet also discussed several agreements presented by the Finance minister relating to financing for integrated financial management system (IFMIS) educational development project and the ninety million dollar airport improvement project phase II.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, the minister of Information, Communication Infrastructure, Demba Jawo told journalists the ministry of fisheries, water resources and the National Assembly had presented a memorandum of understanding signed between the Gambia and Senegal on fisheries matters as well as an agreement between the Gambia and Turkey on the same topic.
On Interior, Minister Jawo said the minister of the interior had briefed cabinet on the issue of the National Identification documents, pointing out that the interior minister said there is a challenge in
the production of ID cards, drivers’ license and passport.
He said currently there is no contact in place for the production of such documents to the citizen, noting that the issue of great concern and that government is trying to address the issue.
Minister Jawo also told journalists that government has draft contract with a Senegalese company who are prepared to set up a forensic laboratory in the country to help address the problem of
identification of bodies, saying lack of forensic labs had posed a challenge to them when they recently exhumed bodies illegally buried in the country.
Other areas discussed during the cabinet meeting included waste management, recovery and management of tractors given by the former government, management and control of government vehicles.
On electricity, Jawo said an arrangement is made for Gambian communities near Senegal border to be connected to the electricity grid by Senelec. The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure also presented a paper on ways of expanding the Banjul Port.