Gambia: Finance Minister Says Fisheries Sector Has Enormous Potentials to Contribute to Economic Development

Mr. Mambury Njie, the Gambia’s Finance and Economic Affairs Minister said country’s Fisheries Sector, has enormous potential to contribute to the economic development of The Gambia through employment creation, poverty reduction and foreign exchange earnings.

Minister Njie informed Lawmakers during the ongoing budget session.

He also explained that the Fisheries Sector, with support from the European Union (EU) has initiated the process of strengthening community-based fisher-folk organizations to enhance effective participation in fisheries co-management process.

He said: “The Department of Fisheries has handed over 14 fishing boats with outboard engines to 10 fishing communities, a trend which will continue through 2021 until more communities benefit from this scheme. The Government will continue to address the problems of fish shortage, unemployment, and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing with coastal and inland fishing communities”.

He stated that in the area of maritime surveillance, the Government will continue to strengthen cooperation in the area of monitoring, control and surveillance of the country’s territorial waters to curb and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

He said: “The National Fisheries Monitoring Centre will be equipped with vital equipment including training to ensure effective monitoring and surveillance”.

He decried that Climate change continues to pose serious threats to social stability and economic development, and that the Project for strengthening The Gambia’s Climate Change Early Warning Systems Phase II, continues to undertake the capacity building of local communities on climate change early warning systems.