Gambia to embark on reform of the Civil Service

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian government is taking steps to reform the civil service, Mrs Amie Bojang-Sissoho, Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the President, said on Wednesday.

She said President Adama Barrow on Tuesday presided over his administration’s seventh cabinet meeting and the Civil Service Reform Bill was among items that were approved.

The agenda for the cabinet meeting covered governance, defence, agriculture, investment, food security, communication and promotion of justice.  

Bojang-Sissoho said during the meeting the Vice-President Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang presented the 2018-2027 Civil Service Reform Programme, highlighting, among other areas, capacity building to enhance civil service values and principles through effective management systems.  

Presenting the 2016 Food Safety and Quality Amendment Bill, the Vice President spoke about Gambia’s National Aflatoxin Control Act and Investment Plan.

She stressed the need to control aflatoxin, especially in crops like groundnuts. She explained that doing so would reduce contamination of agricultural products and increase economic opportunities for Gambian farmers, given that groundnuts are the country’s main cash crop.

The executive will soon present the bill to the Gambian National Assembly for enactment and once passed, it will provide the legal environment to protect agricultural products and make them viable to compete in the international market.

Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou also presented three bills for discussion. They were a bill on the establishment of the Constitution Review Commission, Human Rights Commission Bill and the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission Bill.

Gambia’s cabinet approved all the bills which would be presented to the National Assembly for enactment.
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