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As reported by the Government of The Gambia (GoTG), The Gambia recently launched a 500 Million dalasi fund for coronavirus response. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) complimented this effort with a US$21.3 Million Disbursement to The Gambia to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic.   These signs of a concrete response by The Gambia and its international […]

As reported by the Government of The Gambia (GoTG), The Gambia recently launched a 500 Million dalasi fund for coronavirus response. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) complimented this effort with a US$21.3 Million Disbursement to The Gambia to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

These signs of a concrete response by The Gambia and its international partners are a major driver for organizing a Webinar on “The Healthcare sector in The Gambia in times of corona crisis” on the 25th of June 2020 from 11am (Banjul time) / 13pm (Brussels time) – 13pm (Banjul time) / 15pm (Brussels time) with the theme Challenges and Opportunities.

 

This in the presence of, among others, InnovaRx Global Health and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Gambia).

 

During the webinar health experts from the private and public sector will elaborate on the challenges and opportunities in times of corona crisis in The Gambia.

 

InnovaRx Global Health will share their experience as a private company operating in the healthcare sector in The Gambia.

 

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will share it’s insights in the coronavirus situation in the country.

 

Overview speakers:

– Dr. Ismail D. Badjie, CEO & Founder, InnovaRx Global Health

– Mr. Thomas De Beule, President, Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce – BLGCC

– Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, Director of Medical services, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

 

For more information about our services in The Gambia, Belgium or Luxembourg contact us at info@blgcc.eu

 

BLGCC – Webinar Healthcare sector in The Gambia in times of corona crisis: Challenges and Opportunities 25/06

DATE: 25th of June 2020

TIME: 11am (Banjul time) / 13pm (Brussels time) – 13pm (Banjul time) / 15pm (Brussels time)

VENUE: Online/Webinar with Microsoft Teams

 

Register now for this webinar (free).

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On Sunday the 26th of April 2020 H.E. President Adama Barrow of the Republic of The Gambia presided over 4th national address in relation to COVID19 crisis where he launched the governement’s covid-19 food support program worth of D734,254,864 to 84% of needy Gambian households across the country and announced the decision to defer the […]

On Sunday the 26th of April 2020 H.E. President Adama Barrow of the Republic of The Gambia presided over 4th national address in relation to COVID19 crisis where he launched the governement’s covid-19 food support program worth of D734,254,864 to 84% of needy Gambian households across the country and announced the decision to defer the tax returns for businesses in the first quota of 2019.

 

Tax deferment qoute H.E. President Barrow:

“We are aware that about two hundred thousand (200,000) people are engaged in the retail and service sectors. To support this important business community, the tax returns for 2019 have been deferred from the first quarter of 2020 to the second quarter. In addition, there are ongoing reviews to tease out possibilities to further support Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.”

 

Quotes from H.E. President Barrow during the ceremony:

“My government recognises that Gambians deserve an urgent national response to both the health and socio-economic crises resulting from losses in productivity and remittances to Gambian households.”
He added that they will ensure that support provided to all citizens, especially the vulnerable, is real in value.

“Conscious of the difficulties that confront many households, the Government has devised strict measures to ensure that our food stock is secure. I am informed by the Ministry of Trade that supplies of rice, sugar, flour and other food items are available.”

“Transparency and accountability form the cornerstone of our governance system. To uphold these principles and guarantee financial discipline and management of the resources available for the pandemic, a single government account has been opened to cater for rapid one-stop financial transactions.”

 

Overview of Gambia Government COVID19 response:

➡️ Commended civil society groups, politicians, individuals, the private sector and friends of The Gambia for the support to communities in response to COVID19.

➡️ Measures in progress include upgrading of health care services, provision of social support and security reinforcement.

➡️ Together with World Bank, D12M worth of equipment for the Ministry of Health have been acquired and being transported to The Gambia from Turkey.

➡️ Assessment of COVID19 holding centres across the country completed with an initial 1000 hospital beds being prepared in case of mass escalation.

➡️ Food stock; rice, sugar, flour and other items are available for public consumption.

➡️ 2019 Tax returns for the retail and service sectors have been deferred from the first quarter of 2020 to the second quarter.

➡️ 121 prisoners pardoned in the spirit of decongesting the prisons and allow for social distancing.

➡️ Over Seven hundred and thirty-four million (D734, 254, 864) is now available to support 84% of deserving households countrywide.

➡️ Single government account has been opened to cater for rapid one stop financial transactions, in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

➡️ Donation Committee already set-up to coordinate all donations regarding COVID19 and a National Response Coordinator already identified.

➡️ 33 Ambulances procured as pledge during the tour will come in handy for COVID19 response.

➡️ 2000 tonnes of fertiliser available to support farmers in the upcoming rainy season.

➡️ Government committed to ensuring policies and programs are reviewed to provide the best possible service during COVID19.

 

If you have questions on how the COVID19 crisis is affecting the Gambian economy, your business and how the Chamber can assist you. Contact the BLGCC on info@blgcc.be

 

Credit State House of The Gambia, Kerr Fatou, The Chronicle

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The Government of The Gambia (GoTG) has taken several measurements to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) since the first registered index case on the 17th of March 2020 in the country such as, suspending of flights/14 days Mandatory Quarantine for certain countries and a 500 Million Dalasis Emergency Fund:   STATEMENT MINISTRY OF HEALTH: […]

The Government of The Gambia (GoTG) has taken several measurements to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19) since the first registered index case on the 17th of March 2020 in the country such as, suspending of flights/14 days Mandatory Quarantine for certain countries and a 500 Million Dalasis Emergency Fund:

 

STATEMENT MINISTRY OF HEALTH: FIRST CASE OF COVID-19 (17/03/2020)

The Ministry of Health hereby inform the public that Gambia has registered its first case of COVID-19 this evening. The case is a Gambian female from UK. Ministry of Health is doing all it can to prevent further spread of the virus.

To prevent yourself and your family, always wash your hands with soap, do NOT touch your face, do NOT shake hands, keep away from public gatherings. For more info call 1025 help line.

 

Gambia Suspends Flights to Contain the spread of the Coronavirus

The 4th Cabinet session chaired by President Adama Barrow has been updated on the COVID 19 situation in the country. An immediate decision was taken that flights from thirteen (13) countries are suspended with immediate effect until further notice.

The decision follows the recommendation of the Health Expert Committee concerning the recent development on COVID-19.
Countries affected by the immediate flight suspension are the following:
1. The United Kingdom
2. Spain
3. France
4. Poland
5. Germany
6. Sweden
7. Denmark
8. Switzerland
9. Netherlands
10. Norway
11. Austria
12. Belgium
13. Portugal

 

Persons Travelling from 47 Countries Will Undergo 14 days Mandatory Quarantine

Cabinet has approved that individuals (Gambian & Non Gambian) travelling from 47 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas to The Gambia will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. This decision will be reviewed regularly and the public will be informed accordingly. The forty-seven countries are as follows:
​Asian and Pacific Region
1. China
2. Republic of Korea
3. Japan
4. Malaysia
5. Australia
6. Singapore
7. Philippines
8. Indonesia
9. Thailand
10. India

European Region
11. Italy
12. Spain
13. France
14. Germany
15. Switzerland
16. The United Kingdom
17. Netherlands
18. Norway
19. Austria
20. Belgium
21. Sweden
22. Denmark
23. Czechia
24. Greece
25. Portugal
26. Israel
27. Finland
28. Slovenia
29. Ireland
30. Estonia
31. Iceland
32. Romania
33. Poland
34. San Marino

Eastern Mediterranean Region
35. Islamic Republic of Iran
36. Qatar
37. Bahrain
38. Pakistan
39. Egypt
40. Saudi Arabia
41. Kuwait
42. Iraq
43. Lebanon

Americas
44. United States of America
45. Canada
46. Brazil
47. Chile

 

President Barrow approves 500 Million Dalasis Emergency Fund For Coronavirus Response

In response to the Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic, President Adama Barrow has approved an emergency response fund of D500m to the Ministry of Health for the effective, adequate, and timely response to the outbreak.

 

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The BLGCC wishes to inform Belgian/Luxembourg companies that the Government of the Republic of The Gambia (GOTG) will soon be seeking competitive bids from third-party investors and contractors to support the expansion of the Port of Banjul. The GOTG, through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and the Gambia Public Procurement Authority, is interested […]

The BLGCC wishes to inform Belgian/Luxembourg companies that the Government of the Republic of The Gambia (GOTG) will soon be seeking competitive bids from third-party investors and contractors to support the expansion of the Port of Banjul. The GOTG, through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and the Gambia Public Procurement Authority, is interested in exploring potential public-private partnership opportunities with Belgian/Luxembourg companies, including for port operations. For more information, please contact the Chamber for the latest updates on this opportunity.

Proposal Deadline:

The exact deadline for the release of a competitive tender is not yet known, but it is expected to be determined before the end of 2020.

Contact us:

Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce (BLGCC)

Gijzelaarsstraat 21, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Email: info@blgcc.eu

Tel:  +32 3 232 68 88

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BLGCC President Mr. Thomas De Beule held various meetings with the Gambian private and public sector and company visits while in The Gambia during his visit in January 2020. This included meetings with the CEO of GIEPA (Investment Agency), a dinner meeting and company visit with the CEO & Founder of Innovarx Global Health, attendance […]

BLGCC President Mr. Thomas De Beule held various meetings with the Gambian private and public sector and company visits while in The Gambia during his visit in January 2020.

This included meetings with the CEO of GIEPA (Investment Agency), a dinner meeting and company visit with the CEO & Founder of Innovarx Global Health, attendance at the second day of the 5th TAFCON, conference & networking event with the theme: The Gambia’s, a meeting with TANGO (NGO body in The Gambia), a meeting with the CEO of the The Disruptive Lab, a  company visit to Farm Fresh, a company visit to Finish Profiles, a field visit to GIKAY FARMS and more.

Do you want to know more about these Gambian private and public sector companies/associations/agencies in The Gambia? Contact us on info@blgcc.eu

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BLGCC President Mr. Thomas De Beule held various meetings with Diplomatic Missions and Development Agencies while in The Gambia and Senegal during his visit in January 2020. This included an invitation for a meeting by the Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to The Gambia, a courtesy call to the Honorable Consul of […]

BLGCC President Mr. Thomas De Beule held various meetings with Diplomatic Missions and Development Agencies while in The Gambia and Senegal during his visit in January 2020.

This included an invitation for a meeting by the Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to The Gambia, a courtesy call to the Honorable Consul of Belgium to The Gambia, a meeting with the Intervention Manager of ENABEL in The Gambia, a lunch meeting with the Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Belgium in Dakar, Senegal and more.

Do you want to know more about the activities of the Diplomatic Missions and Development Agencies  in The Gambia? Contact us on info@blgcc.eu

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The BLGCC Gambian-Belgian New Year’s Reception was held on the 17th of January in The Gambia at YOSH Restaurant in attendance Ambassador-At-Large for Development | CEO Global Properties LTD Mr. Saul Frazer and other High-profile public and private sector guests such as European Union Delegation Head of Cooperation team and Managing Director of GAMWORKS (public […]

The BLGCC Gambian-Belgian New Year’s Reception was held on the 17th of January in The Gambia at YOSH Restaurant in attendance Ambassador-At-Large for Development | CEO Global Properties LTD Mr. Saul Frazer and other High-profile public and private sector guests such as European Union Delegation Head of Cooperation team and Managing Director of GAMWORKS (public infrastructure body).

“Belgium Renews Partnership with Private Businesses in the Gambia” The Chronicle (newspaper):

“The President of Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce (BLGCC), Thomas De Beule is of the view that the private sector in The Gambia is getting bigger and more structured as he prepares for creating more visibility for them in Europe.

He was speaking to The Chronicle at the reception, last weekend which his chamber organized to create a networking session between the movers and shakers of business partners in both countries as well as public officials.

“It’s really our aim to let these two groups of people meet (Belgium and Gambians private sectors) and have discussions on ways to collaborate in win-win situations. As you can see it’s a mix of public and private officials and we are very happy with the turnout. The creation of the chamber basically is to network and to build a very strong relationship between Belgium and The Gambia,” he told The Chronicle.”

Read more:

https://www.chronicle.gm/gambian-companies-to-be-profiled-in-europe-as-private-sector-partnership-heightens/

Do you want to know more about what the Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce (BLGCC) can mean/do for your company/association ?

➡️Contact us on info@blgcc.eu

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On Sunday 17th of November 2019 the Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce – BLGCC co-organized a seminar on “Doing Business with Gambia, Ghana and Belgium” in Beijing, China with a focus on Belgium as a gateway to Europe and Africa within the “one belt, one road ” initiative. With speakers of the Embassy of […]

On Sunday 17th of November 2019 the Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce – BLGCC co-organized a seminar on “Doing Business with Gambia, Ghana and Belgium” in Beijing, China with a focus on Belgium as a gateway to Europe and Africa within the “one belt, one road ” initiative.

With speakers of the Embassy of The Gambia, Gambia Tourism Board, Wallonia Export-Investment Agency, BLGCC, the Gambia-China Business Council, the Belgium Ghana Business Council – BGBC and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Beijing Sub-Council.

The seminar was held during the Royal Belgian Economic Mission to China headed by HRH Princess Astrid from the 16th until the 22nd of November (largest ever, +630 participants) which one of our members A-Law International Law Firm participated in, A-Law has built a strong clients portfolio, foundation and reputation in creating a bridge of knowledge and business between Belgium/ Africa and China.

For more information on our upcoming Seminars and our support on The Gambia (and Senegal), Belgium and Luxembourg please contact us on info@blgcc.eu

#BLGCC #Gambia #Senegal #ALaw #Antwerp #Belgium #Luxembourg

         

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The Belgium-Luxembourg-Gambia Chamber of Commerce (BLGCC) is glad to inform its members and partners that The Ministry of Tourism, The Gambia has taken the step to make the country a visa free zone for all chartered and scheduled flights for certain countries. Statement of The Gambia Tourism Board: “The Gambia Tourism Board has the honour […]

The Belgium-Luxembourg-Gambia Chamber of Commerce (BLGCC) is glad to inform its members and partners that The Ministry of Tourism, The Gambia has taken the step to make the country a visa free zone for all chartered and scheduled flights for certain countries.

Statement of The Gambia Tourism Board:

“The Gambia Tourism Board has the honour to inform everyone that in line with the new visa free policy adopted by the Ministry of Tourism, The Gambia is now a visa free zone for all chartered and scheduled flights.

The Gambia Tourism Board further wishes to inform that the new visa free policy applies to citizens from the following countries:

* All Commonwealth countries
* All European Union countries
* All African countries, and
* Baltic states ”

FACTS GAMBIA TOURISM SECTOR:

  • 20 % contribution to GDP
  • Largest source of foreign exchange earnings
  • The Gambia offers several incentives for investments in the tourism sector such as for investments above the threshold of $250,000, incentives include a 10-year tax holiday.

For more information on the above or on The Gambia Tourism sector contact us on info@blgcc.eu

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The Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce – BLGCC welcomes 3 new members into its network: DEME Group, international Belgian dredging company with vast activities in Africa. In December 2018 DEME executed a dredging project in the Port of Banjul. Picture: Area Director Africa, DEME Group during the Chamber seminar on “Doing Business with Gambia […]

The Belgium Luxembourg Gambia Chamber of Commerce – BLGCC welcomes 3 new members into its network:

DEME Group, international Belgian dredging company with vast activities in Africa. In December 2018 DEME executed a dredging project in the Port of Banjul.

Picture: Area Director Africa, DEME Group during the Chamber seminar on “Doing Business with Gambia and Senegal” in Antwerp, Belgium.

 

Havrico Insurance, active in the maritime insurance industry with a focus on commodities. They currently already have a large portfolio of clients in The Gambia.

Picture: company visit by our President Mr. Thomas De Beule at Havrico Insurance offices in Antwerp, Belgium.

 

APPRO-TECHNO, Belgian manufacturer of compressed earth-block machinery with a large market in West-Africa. They already have a presence in neighbouring Senegal and are looking to enter the Gambian market.

Picture: our President Mr. Thomas De Beule together with the CEO of APPRO-TECHNO during the Chamber seminar on “Doing Business with Gambia and Senegal” in Antwerp, Belgium.

 

If you are interested to know more about their services or about your benefits as a member of the Chamber please contact us on info@blgcc.eu

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