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toubab1020 Posted - 02 Jul 2020 : 09:54:12



By Momodou Torp July 1, 2020

Hamat Bah, Minister of Tourism and Culture has called for the proscribing of ‘endless planning and programmes’ to shift focus on investment in tourism and the construction industry.

He said investing in these sectors, which are catalysts for job creation, would bode well for the country’s future.

“Too much of lecturing and talking have to end now. Once the construction industry and agriculture are boosted, then there will be development,” he added.
Minister Bah was speaking during the Africa Summit 2020-Toolkit virtual meeting. The meeting was attended by several African diplomats under the theme, Covid-19 Pathways to Africa’s Economic Recovery and Growth.

According to Bah, government is working on post Covid-19 strategies on the economy in general particularly the tourism sector.
“We believe that with the low number of Covid-19 cases that is recorded, and the strategies put in place, the country should be able to go back to the market. Looking in to the domestic tourism, my ministry is putting in some infrastructural developments across the country which will certainly make a difference because all our tourism arrivals are international, “he said.

He said Covid-19 was a surprise to everyone because the speed it comes with from China to Gambia is beyond Gambia’s imagination, and those are the lessons the government needs to learn from.

“Gambia has a very bad health infrastructure which everybody knew for the 22 years of dictatorship under Yahya Jammeh, and prior to July 1994 the Gambia had one of the best primary health care systems in the world records. Unfortunately, that did not help within the 22 years of Yahya Jammeh regime, ” Minister Bah noted.

He explained that his ministry’s target is other African countries that could be attracted to come to Gambia as domestic tourists as well as regional tourism. “Despite coming from a difficult situation the government has even surprised the World Bank to the speeds that we were able to revamp the economy and then put it back on tract, and within three and half years we are able to achieve what we lost and that is remarkable knowing full well that when we took over power we had over 130 percent debt to GDP, ” Bah explained.
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toubab1020 Posted - 20 Aug 2020 : 11:39:05

jammin you have hit the nail on the head,you now can appriciate my signature,ALL POLITICIANS worldwide use the comon language of "POLITOSPEAK" which they are sure will make everyone happy,they themselves are most likely not to believe in what they have written or spoken,me cynical in this regard, you bet !!

"The Gambia itself will be seeing more debt as a consequence of covid. Covid has caused borrowings, money which has increse the debt stock and will have to be repaid. So when Mr. Bah painted this rosy picture, he was not thinking and he was not really engaging in a true analysis of what is to come.
jammin Posted - 20 Aug 2020 : 06:21:45
Are Gambians really serious about their economic future and their prosperity? while i want to believe that they are; i cannot reconcile that belief with their choice for Tourism Minister. Mr. Bah has done it again!! he has made a speech that clearly portrays the man's brain operating childlike in its ability to comprehend and analyse situation.

He stated that the Covid19 situation was a surprise to Gambians!!! Meaning the Gambian Government. That in itself is a Donald Trump like comment. Covid19 warnings were being transmitted from early november 2019 by the WHO! by the time the virus started its spread other governments were implementing/enacting WHO preventative protocols. In the same statement he suggested that his ministry has a plan of action to mitigate the effects of covid in the tourism sector. if that is so, why cannot he state what they are,or is this just smoke and mirror. To even suggest that there will be a post covid period is asinine and to say that the gambia's infection rate is low thus tourist wont be restrained in their travels is hopeful spevculation.

The construction industry is based heavily on investor confidence. currently covid has had a negative impact on this confidence worldwide and Gambia should be no different. Any construction that is taking place now was already in the pipeline. post covid will see a drying up of major projects as investors reassess situations.

The Gambia itself will be seeing more debt as a consequence of covid. Covid has caused borrowings, money which has increse the debt stock and will have to be repaid. So when Mr. Bah painted this rosy picture, he was not thinking and he was not really engaging in a true analysis of what is to come.
Leaders must have the ability to 'see' into the future and therefore prepare for what is to come. Excellent Leaders prepare for tomorrow by analysing what is happening today.

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