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Gov’t’s spending cuts targets saving D1 billion in 2019


Gambia government plans to implement stricter fiscal measures that could help the country save up to D1 billion in 2019, country’s communication minister said on Thursday.

Following a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Ebrima Sillah said the top level state decision making body reviewed country’s economic outlook, expecting stronger performance in the coming year.

Sillah, said the Gambian economy is forecasted to grow by 6.6% by the end of 2018 from 4.6% in 2017.

He said they discussed putting temporary freeze on recruitment in the civil service unless it is absolutely necessary, reduce government vehicle fleet and downgrade and or close embassies in places where they are not highly needed.

“No cash payments at service points in government offices, payments are now expected to be made in banks,” added Sillah.

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