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Gambia government: 'Gambia never benefited from US AGOA'

Monday, 29 December 2014

Source: The Daily Observer (Gambia)

The government of the Republic of The Gambia said it congratulated the government of The United States of America for the removal of The Gambia from the list of eligible sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

In a statement Saturday evening, reacting to a recent US decision on The Gambia, the government said "The Gambia has never benefitted from the Act in the first place since a US Presidential Proclamation designated the country as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country on March 28 2003".

The release further asserted: "Furthermore, in light of remarks in interviews and statements in the local media made by the Charge d'Affaires of the US embassy in Banjul, it has now become unequivocal that the government of the United States has no good intentions for the people of The Gambia.

Consequently and bound by an unshakeable faith in the Almighty Allah alone, it should be clear that the dignified people of The Gambia will not succumb to outside pressures of any kind nor from any source, for, the wellbeing of her people remains paramount for the government of The Gambia".

 

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