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Momodou Posted - 24 Oct 2018 : 15:30:18
OIC Summit’s infrastructural projects valued at $260M

The Point: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Lamin Sanneh, the CEO of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has disclosed that the upcoming OIC Summit’s infrastructural priority projects are valued at $260m.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday October 23, 2018, at the OIC Secretariat at the Petroleum House in Bijilo, Mr. Sanneh said the projects include the construction of 100kms of road; construction of 60 Royal and Presidential villas to house the visiting heads of state; 400-bedroom 5 star hotel and a VIP lounge at the airport to augment facilities at the already existing conference centre.

“A procurement of luxury cars for the heads of state and royal guests as well as reinforcing of water and electricity infrastructure within OIC Impact Zone and the renovation and face-lifting of the airport terminal” he added.

He further commented that hosting of the OIC Summit in The Gambia is no longer a dream but a reality that has dawned on The Gambia.

The secretariat has written to 17 OIC member countries of which 10 countries have been visited and consultations are ongoing, he said, adding that The Gambia has received firm commitments from some member states and consequently the secretariat has published adverts in the newspaper inviting expression of interest for both consultancy services and contractors to bid on key projects to be embarked on by the state as per the OIC mandate.

He revealed that the secretariat would be embarking on a nationwide tour to sensitise the public on the role of the secretariat and what is expected of the host country during the summit.

He noted that the process will not be limited to road shows but will also include radio and television shows over the course of the project’s life.

He concluded by urging the general public to support and cooperate in facilitating and supporting the hosting of OIC 2019 Heads of State Summit.

Author: Fatou B. Cham
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Momodou Posted - 14 May 2019 : 08:04:08
Gambia’s bid to host 2019 OIC summit failed

The Point: Monday, May 13, 2019

The Gambia’s bid to host the 2019 summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been cancelled, according to a senior government official who is familiar with the developments and prefers to remain anonymous.

Our source explained that The Gambia’s failure to host the 2019 summit was as a result of inadequate infrastructure, lack of enough hotels, frequent power and water cuts and poor telecommunication among others. All these combined made The Gambia ineligible to host the summit which would have brought together 57 heads of state and kings.

The Gambia’s Foreign Minister Dr. Mamadou Tangara, was in Niger last week, where he had discussions with President Issoufou Mahamadou on important issues; such as sub-regional terrorism.

Dr. Tangara delivered a letter from President Adama Barrow to President Mahamadou. However, media reports from Niger say that Dr. Tangara and President Mahamadou also talked about the cancellation of Gambia’s bid to host November 2019 summit due to several constraints that The Gambia is facing including pressure to meet the deadline.

“We will request for the summit to be held in The Gambia in 2022 for better preparation,” Dr. Tangara told journalists.

This is the second time that an African country’s bid to host the OIC summit has failed. Senegal initially planned to host it in 2006 but failed.

Minister Tangara is currently on tour to inform member states of the cancellation of 2019 OIC summit in The Gambia, reports say.

Our sources have it that only two countries helped The Gambia financially: Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. Turkey and Indonesia helped with training Security and Protocol.

According to the OIC rule, if a hosting country fails to host the summit, Saudi Arabia, where the Organisation’s headquarters is will automatically host the summit.

The Gambia will bid to host the next summit in 2022, as the summit is held every three years.

The Peoples Republic of China is constructing the center for the summit at a tune of 50,000,000 US Dollars as its contribution.

Kazakhstan has contributed 100,000 US Dollars towards the smooth running of the Secretariat of the OIC in The Gambia, while Saudi Arabia promised to build the VIP lounge of the Banjul International Airport and also construct 100km road.

Saudi has contributed substantial money to assist Gambia on its projects, sources say. The 100km road construction includes the expansion of the Bertil Harding Highway, starting from Sting Corner to the Airport Junction.

The entire project for the summit includes a new Five-star hotel with 400 rooms; the construction of a new VIP lounge at the Banjul International Airport; the construction of new water production plant and enhanced Power Transmission and Distribution Network.

Author: Pap Saine

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