By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Friday, September 11, 2020.
The Gambian government, Wednesday September 9, 2020, issued a statement urging irate market union members to remain patient after many days of wrangle between the Central government and local traders.
The appeal comes under the backdrop of a recent squabble between the Gambia Market Union and the Gambian Government over market operating hours because of the curfew to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country,
“From the onset, The Gambia Government conscious of the financial impact of the COVID-19 virus on the global economy and its crippling effects on local economies avoided a total lockdown to help mitigate its full effects on our local businesses,” the statement reads.
The release from the government also indicates that following a cautionary examination of the concerns of traders, the government recognized how unintended consequences from its decision may have potentially affected businesses, adding it is diligently working out new modalities and strategies to accommodate traders’ needs.
On August 21, 2020, the Market Union addressed a letter appealing to the government to relax some of the latest regulations affecting market schedules throughout The Gambia.
During a meeting chaired by Vice President, Dr. Isatou Touray, the Cabinet Sub-Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic, expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Market Union for its thoughtfulness conveyed in the union’s letter.
Vice President Touray and her Cabinet colleagues recognized the plight of the market vendors and how the new Emergency Regulations may have inadvertently affected their businesses, parts of the statement add.
The statement also notes that the new regulations were promulgated into law to help protect and save the entire country from the looming danger of the deadly COVID-19 virus that has been ravaging humanity since November 2019.
“Therefore, considering that legislative processes are highly procedural, very technical, and time-consuming, The Gambia Government asks that The Market Union continues to exercise patience and understanding as their concerns are being considered in the upcoming Regulatory Cycle,’’