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Gambia to get an anti-corruption commission in December

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Gambian leader Adama Barrow has promised his Government will table a bill before the National Assembly establishing an anti-corruption by December 2019.

The President promised to enact the law since 2018. In President’s address to the nation on Thursday, Barrow said the bill is now ready for submission.

“We expect to table the Bill here by December, 2019,” said Barrow.

This is the Gambian leader’s third State of the Nation Address since coming to power in December 2016. The Address gives the president the opportunity to update the lawmakers and the citizens on implementation of his policies in the present and coming fiscal year.

Barrow said his Government has stabilize electricity supply in the country. He said the country’s economy has also stabilized.

“Madam Speaker, I am proud to report that the country’s economic growth has generally strengthened, while inflation has now moderated. For the past two years the economy grew by 4.8% in 2017 and improved to 6.5% in 2018,” said Barrow.

“Balance of payments (BoP) estimates indicate that the current account deficit narrowed to 1.5 percent of GDP in the first half of 2019 compared to a deficit of 1.7 percent of GDP in the corresponding quarter in 2018. The improvement in the current account balance is attributed to the increase in foreign inflows related to the support from development partners, diaspora remittances, and tourism. Gross international reserves is projected at 4 months of next year’s imports of goods and services.”

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