"Promoting Access to Information in The Gambia"

"Promoting Access to Information in The Gambia"

MOICI, Article 19 set the ball rolling for an eventual ATI Bill

The Ministry of Information and Communications Infrastructure (MOICI) and Article 19 December 12 organized a high level stakeholders meeting on Promoting Access to Information in The Gambia.

The main objective of the Forum was to build synergies on discourse around the status of access to information in the country and inform the drafting of the Freedom of Information Bill in line with international standards and best practices.

Representing the Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou and also speaking on behalf of the Minister of Information and Communications infrastructure, the Solicitor General Cherno Marenah stated that “after 22 years of a repressive regime, where the public was deliberately deprived of its right to know, it is an enormous task to change mind-sets. The political goodwill to put in place an Access To Information Law is evident, we intend to go beyond drafting the law. For ATI to become not just another text, discussions today should also focus on the capacity enhancement and understanding of state and non-state actors of their role in ensuring that ATI is a reality for all Gambians.”

Lamin Camara, the outgoing permanent secretary MOICI Participants who chaired the opening ceremony highlighted measures taken by the Government of The Gambia over the past year to ensure transparency and to improve on a two way communication with the Gambian public. The eventual drafting, submission and adoption of an ATI bill is in line with concretizing and ensuring that transparent governance becomes a norm in The Gambia.