22 February 2013

Gambia: Gamworks Head Office Inaugurated

GAMWORKS as part of activities marking the 48th Independence anniversary celebrations of the republic of the Gambia, inaugurated its Head Office in Kanifing on Thursday 21 February 2013.

Speaking on behalf of the President the Secretary General and the Ministry of Presidential Affairs Dr. Njogu Bah said Gamworks was created as a national institution for the implementation of development projects. He said the beginning of its establishment, the agency was mainly working with World Bank and Gambia Government (WBGG) funded projects, including the public works and capacity building project and the poverty alleviation and capacity building project.

Mr. Bah said Gamworks has demonstrated its competence in the successful execution of development projects in the area of civil works and infrastructure, such as roads, markets, schools, health centres, public and community buildings, water supply, drainage and sanitation. He said that he is looking forward to Gamworks interventions in the coming years which would contribute towards the achievement of the objectives of his government's programme for accelerated growth (PAGE) and their overarching vision 20/20 development blueprint.

He also noted that Gamworks has diversified its portfolio by working with some public institutions and agencies in the country, such as the University of the Gambia and the Gambia telecommunications company (GAMTEL).

He said he has been informed and it is worth mentioning that Gamworks has been fulfilling its mandate in the areas of capacity building and employment creation. He said the agency has made considerable progress in these areas. He challenged them to do more so that the capacity of their local contractors can be further enhanced. He said that they want to see more of their youths trained and gainfully employed in the construction industry.

He said Gamworks has proven that the agency is a good partner to his government in their development efforts, by delivering high quality projects such as the Westfield to Sukuta road and the Africa coast to Europe (ACE) handing station and associated facilities. He said he would also urge all the sectors of government and public institutions and agencies to work with Gamworks in their drive to achieve the goals of PAGE and vision 20/20.

Mr. Ebrima Cham, the Director General of GAMWORKS, said that it is a great honor and source of pride and satisfaction for him to give a statement marking the inauguration of the GAMWORKS Headquarters Building.

Mr. Cham said GAMWORKS has successfully implemented projects and contracts in excess of US$ 100million. Mr. Cham added that the bulk of the inflow of funds into the Agency is still from their development partners, but recently a significant proportion is coming from the national budget or from the coffers of local public institutions. He said the board and management strategy is to continue to diversify the portfolio of GAMWORKS, in order to ensure the sustainability of operations of the Agency and to reduce risk.

Mr. Cham then added that GAMWORKS is ready and willing to work with all sectors of government and public institutions and agencies, in order to make a significant contribution towards the achievement of the goals of the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE).

Mr. Cham took the opportunity to thank all those who have worked very hard to ensure the realization of the GAMWORKS office building, including the Architect Zakaria Sillah and his colleagues as MASTERPLAN and the Contractor Hadim Gai.

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