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Gambia Government Distances Itself from A. I. F – Gambia LTD Initiative

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The Government of The Gambia said on Thursday that it is not in partnership with A.I.F–Gambia LTD. to seek or solicit funding to finance publicly-owned or publicly held activities and assets to combat COVID-19.

Below is the full text of the press release issued by the Minister of Communication Ebrima Sillah;

“It has come to the attention of The Gambia Government that a private equity firm, the Africa Infrastructure Fund (A. I. F – Gambia LTD) has announced the establishment of its own COVID-19 Relief Fund to support the government’s ongoing efforts in response to the national emergency that the country is facing.

The A. I. F has already circulated a press release to the media that it’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will be implemented among other things, to manage the execution of required public projects and other publicly sponsored activities in The Gambia at government owned and/or managed facilities with a role in the national emergency response.

While the Government of The Gambia acknowledges and appreciates the tremendous effort and support from its Development Partners and Non-State Actors in the fight against COVID-19, it has to be made abundantly clear that those seeking funding for their private COVID-19 response initiatives should not do so by riding on the weight of the Government or its affiliated Agencies without seeking and obtaining prior written consent or agreement.

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The Government of The Gambia therefore, informs the public that it is not in partnership with A.I.F–Gambia LTD. to seek or solicit funding to finance publicly-owned or publicly held activities and assets to combat COVID-19.

To avoid duplication of efforts, the Government advises that Development Support Organizations, Non-State Actors and the Private Sector wishing to partner with government in the fight against COVID-19 should liaise with and obtain the full written consent of the Ministry of Health which is the designated Ministry to professionally co-ordinate the national response of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Signed:

Ebrima Sillah
Minister of Information & Communication Infrastructure.

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