BIO: DEMBA ALI JAWO – MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Until his appointment as Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure in February 2017, Mr. DEMBA ALI JAWO worked as editor at the African Press Agency (APANews) in Dakar, Senegal since 2006.

  Mr. Jawo was born in the village of Choya in Niamina West district in the Central River Region in the early 1950s. After he left school, he joined the Gambia Utilities Corporation (GUC) as a stores clerk. He later pursued a course on purchasing and management with the Crown Agents in the United Kingdom.

 While still working with the GUC, Mr. Jawo developed a passion for journalism and started contributing articles to various local and international publications. However, he began his full time journalism career in the late 1970s at The Nation newspaper in Banjul under the tutelage of one of the doyens of Gambian journalism, William Dixon-Colley. He rose through the ranks up to the position of News Editor of the Daily Observer and Editor-in-Chief of The Independent newspaper in Banjul.

 In addition to his on-the-job training, Mr. Jawo also underwent journalism training in various countries, including Germany, Israel and Ghana. He obtained a Diploma in Journalism at the International Institute of Journalism in Berlin, Germany.

 In 1998, Mr. Jawo took over as President of the Gambia Press Union from the late Deyda Hydara. He steered the affairs of the GPU, both as President and Administrator of the GPU Secretariat. He stepped down in 2005 at the end of his second term and subsequently became Course Director of the UNESCO-sponsored Media Training Centre which was being run by the National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM) in Kanifing. He had also briefly worked as stringer for the BBC African Service, Banjul correspondent for Associated Press and correspondent for Economist Intelligence Unit.

 As part of his social hobbies, Mr. Jawo had also been involved in human rights work, being a founder member of Amnesty International (Gambia) Group.

 Like many journalists in this country, however, Mr. Jawo also had several brushes with the notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and on one occasion, while as News Editor of the Daily Observer, he was arrested and spent two nights at the NIA head office in Banjul after the Daily Observer published a news item on the collapse of a part of the State House perimeter wall, exposing some armoured vehicles parked inside.

 Projects undertaken:

 «Study on Gambian journalists in exile – Doha Centre 2013

 «Child Protection in Peace Support Operations Course (AU project- 2015) – Editorial Team

 Recent Works: 

 Co-author – A Living Mirror – The Life of Deyda Hydara

 Author -   Focus: Challenges of The Gambia’s Transition to Democracy

 

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GAMBIA CELEBRATES GIRLS IN ICT DAY 2016

BY YA MARIE BOJANG

The Gambia joined the rest of the world on 29th April 2016, to celebrate Girls in ICT Day. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Expanding Horizons, Changing Attitudes”: to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

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CSCC Responds to Demand for Public access to Information - Fatou Lamin Faye

By Kumba Leigh

 The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education Ho. Fatou Lamin Faye has said that the Connect-a-School-Connect-a-Community (CSCC) initiative is meant to stimulate and respond to the demand for public access to information and improves communication skills especially in rural communities.

Hon. Fatou Lamin Faye was speaking at the launching of the said CSCC centre in Bakau on behalf of the President, Sheikh Professor Dr Alhaji Yahya AJJ Jammeh.

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MOICI CONDUCTS A CONSULTATION AND VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON OPEN ACCESS POLICY

 BY YA MARIE BOJANG

Following the revised open access policy and regulatory framework by the consultant, PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS, (PWC) The Ministry of information and communication Infrastructure (MOICI) on Wednesday 6th April, 2016, held a one day consultation and validation workshop to review the documents on open access to communication infrastructure and international gateway liberalization in the Gambia.

The workshop brought together relevant stakeholders in the country to discuss Market issues with regards to internet connectivity and the platform equally served as a means of gathering suggestions that will further help enhance the Policy documents.

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HON. MINISTER

 
Hon. Demba A. Jawo 

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Call for comments on the registry model for “.GM”

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