As Gambia is recovering from two decades of dictatorship, President Adama Barrow is luring investors back to the ‘Smiling Coast of West Africa’ through a good number of incentive measures. Authorities have finally succeeded in their efforts to bring confidence back in the country’s financial sector with the help of prominent Diaspora Gambians and international financial institutions.

On Friday, while receiving another batch of investors coming from Norway the Gambian leader highlighted the challenges his government is facing including what he described as “a broken economy” they inherited. He then teased the way the former government was handling the economic sector based on ‘pay as you go’, “taking soft loans for three months to fix things and went back to the same cycle.”

President Adama Barrow lauded Gambians in Norway who conduct themselves as the true Ambassadors for their country. He also took the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts spearheaded by the Ministry of trade in working with the other relevant ministries to help reduce the size of bureaucracy which led to signing of Memoradum of Understanding
with the business partners.”Time is important and my government is ready to do business,” President Barrow reiterated.

Flanked by prominent women’s rights campaigner Neneh Bojang, Norway-based Gambian activist Ndey Jobarteh, who accompanied the investors to State House, deplored the fact that Gambia did not exploit Scandinavian opportunities. She revealed they have already identified key areas such as health and energy where Norwegian investors could venture in order to support government efforts to revive the economic sector crumbled by the Jammeh regime – pushing the country on the edge of disintegration.

In a similar vein, another Norwegian born Gambian, Mamadi Ceesay, Managing Director of Nutrition, by a Norwegian Gambian organization – Norga said they sell the best of two worlds, that is The Gambia and Norway. He divulged their plan to ensure job creation for thousand of youths across the country.

The tiny West African nation is going through tremendous challenges, and providing job opportunities for the vulnerable young people is of utmost importance. The Gambian diaspora needs to be encouraged to play a key role in the country’s development process…

With Abdoulie JOHN

Source: State House

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