FIND (www.FINDdx.org), the global alliance for diagnostics, and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), in collaboration with the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), welcomed representatives from 15 West African countries with the goal of accelerating access to essential diagnostics across the region.
The first event of its kind, held in Dakar, Senegal, from October 20-21, 2022, brought together representatives of the network of laboratories and ministries, as well as partners from the world's leading health institutions.
The 15 countries represented were: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Diagnostic tests are an integral part of accessing and delivering health care, from primary care to laboratory services, and are a key driver of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The latest research from the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics (https://bit.ly/3srmDBb) shows that only 1 in 2 people have access to basic testing services; however, reducing the diagnostic gap for just six priority conditions could avert 1.1 million premature deaths in low- and middle-income countries each year.
The World Health Organization maintains a model Essential Diagnostics List (EDL) (https://bit.ly/3DpMqzS): a basket of recommended test types to support the diagnosis of infectious and noncommunicable diseases at each level of the health care system.
in environments with and without laboratories.
Provided as a reference guide and point of reference, this list is not prescriptive and must be adapted by individual countries to meet the specific health needs of the population.
Last week's event aimed to drive the development of national EDLs in West Africa, as a lever to increase access at the primary care level to essential tests (diagnostics and in vitro imaging), strengthen key health infrastructures and accelerate national and regional progress.
to the UHC.
Held over 2 days, delegates were welcomed by Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye, Director of Laboratories in Senegal, with speakers and panelists including representatives from FIND, Africa CDC, ASLM, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the Ministry of Health of Nigeria, the Lancet Commission, World Bank and DATA.
Attendees were invited to explore the landscape surrounding the selection, availability and adoption of essential diagnostics, and chart their individual path to national EDLs. Key themes that emerged from the discussions included: the importance of mapping existing diagnostic networks to understand gaps and identify and prioritize actions; the need to strengthen surrounding health infrastructure, including laboratory services; the importance of embedding action within an enabling policy framework; and the need to ensure sustainable funding across multiple diseases to meet identified priorities.
Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye, director of laboratories in Senegal, said: “We cannot close the diagnostic gap without investing in human resources and increasing the number of qualified scientists and laboratory technicians that we have in our countries.
We also need to ensure that each lab has the right equipment, tests and reagents, and that these supplies are sustainable.
By establishing these priorities and building this foundation, we can begin to move diagnostic capability in the right direction.” Dr. Abdourahmane Sow, WAHO's Head of Epidemic and Public Health Laboratory Networks and Systems, said, "Strong laboratory leadership and governance, coupled with the development and securing of sustainable funding mechanisms, will significantly strengthen systems laboratory in West Africa".
Dr. Pascale Ondoa, ASLM Director of Science and New Initiatives, said, "We need to rationalize investments in diagnostics to ensure they translate into stronger and more sustainable improvements in patient and public health outcomes."
Dr. Aytenew Ashenafi Eshete, Program Manager at Africa CDC, said: "This regional workshop is an ideal forum to explore, discuss, connect and share best practices in the NEDL development process to solidify diagnostics as an important component in health care".
Dr. Sanjay Sarin, Vice President of Access at FIND, said: “Testing gaps are greatest in low- and middle-income settings, where the burden of disease is highest and health systems are most fragile; in some cases, essential tests are available at only 1% of primary care visits.
These include basic biochemistry and hematology tests; tests for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, syphilis and hepatitis.
These are treatable diseases that no one should die from in 2022, but too many people don't even know they have them until it's too late.
Developing and implementing national EDLs is a critical step in accelerating access to diagnostics and ensuring that health systems can meet the needs of the patients they serve.”
Stakeholders on Saturday canvassed for the protection of children against negative vices and inculcating in them the right virtues for national development.
They made the call during the National relaunch of the Children Evangelism Ministry (CEM) vision, organised by the Children Evangelism Ministry International, in Abuja.
Mr Egbuna Tony-Chukwudile, President and Founder, CEM, said the ministry has been in existence for over 43 years to inculcate the right virtues on children that would curtail the spread of negative vices and its influence on the society.
He added that the ministry has branches in the US, UK, China, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Gambia, Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic and Cameroon to correct the neglect of child evangelism.
The founder expressed concern over the recurring challenges affecting the nation, calling on all stakeholders to join hands towards addressing the menace.
“We are currently being challenged by terrorism, war, economic uncertainty, moral decline, family breakdown and fear.
“We should do something for these children and raise them up because they will take over from us.
” “If we don’t teach these children the word of God and evangelise it to them, the devil will vandalise them,” he said.
He, therefore, called on all to ensure that children are fully grounded on Biblical teaching to inculcate good morals and values, and by extension the nation would benefits from it.
On his part, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, highlighted the roles parents play in instilling the right values on children.
Mustapha, represented by Mr Anthony Obiora, Director of Admin (SGF), said the event was an opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate towards addressing challenges affecting the nation.
“This occasion provides us with yet another opportunity to retrospect as a nation on the importance of children’s upbringing.
”It will critically upgrade our performance on the journey so far, with the view to collectively decide where we should be in the nearest future, especially taking cognisance of the security challenges at the moment.
“It is pertinent to say that the family happens to be the primary institution saddled with a crucial responsibility of providing the much needed leadership in line with the Biblical teaching in training a child.
“The significance of our roles as parents and guardians to children’s upbringing vis-a-vis nation building cannot be overemphasized.
“This implies that if we got it right at home, we would have averted the horror of banditry, cultism and general criminality that have bedeviled our social well being as a nation,” he said.
Also, Miss Patience Ezema, a 10-year-old member of the CEM, said membership has increased her confidence, academics and religious knowledge.
Ezema added that the training also encouraged them to live a good life devoid of negative vices.
Other highlights at the event were Bible recitations, Dance and choreography and ministries by different clergies.
Some medicinal syrups available in Indonesia contained ingredients linked to fatal acute kidney injury (AKI) in children, its health minister said on Thursday.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said some of those syrups were produced locally.
Sadikin said investigations are ongoing in a spike of cases and 99 children deaths this year.
Indonesia has temporarily banned sales of all syrup-based medications and has been looking closely at paracetamol syrups containing toxic diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol that have been used to treat fever in children.
Gambia’s government is also investigating child AKI deaths linked to paracetamol syrups after 70 fatalities there.
The syrups were made by New Delhi-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which India said it is investigating.
Indonesia’s food and drug agency (BPOM) has said Maiden Pharmaceuticals’ products are not available locally.
Ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol were detected in syrups found at the homes of some patients, health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Thursday, without specifying how many.
A health ministry spokesperson declined to say in how many children AKI patients the ingredients were detected.
Five out of 26 syrup medications tested by BPOM contained excessive levels of ethylene glycol, the agency said.
It added that it cannot be concluded these products are solely responsible for causing the illness.
BPOM ordered the companies to pull specified products out of circulation and destroy all remaining batches.
Indonesia has identified 206 AKI child cases of which 99 were fatalities this year.
Budi said the real number of cases could be higher than reported.
As one of the most exciting offshore developments on the African continent, Senegal has emerged in recent years with giant oil and gas discoveries set to come online as early as 2023, completely transforming the country's economic landscape.
However, that is only part of the story, as the country has a multitude of opportunities in renewable energy, particularly solar and wind energy, which are already impacting the local market.
African Energy Week 2022 (www.AECWeek.com) in Cape Town explored these opportunities in Invest in Senegal Country Spotlight on Thursday, opened with a keynote address by HE Sophie Gladima, Minister of Oil and Energy of Senegal.
“We will start in 2023 with gas production.
There will also be exports: a part will be used for agriculture, pharmaceutical products, fertilizers, etc.
This is part of the Emerging Senegal Plan,” said SE Gladimal.
“Studies are also underway for the rapid construction of a gas pipeline from Nigeria and Morocco through Senegal, which will allow us to benefit value on the continent.
Aside from these oil and gas projects, we have quality power and stable power at a reasonable price.
That will allow us to create many industries and jobs so that we can employ our youth.” Panelists included Mamadou Fall Kane, Cos-Petrogas Permanent Undersecretary; Aguibou BA, Executive Director, INPG; Joseph Medou, General Manager, Senegal Gas Network (RGS); and Rogers Beall, founder and CEO of Fortesa.
The panel was moderated by Rita Madeira, Program Officer for Africa at the International Energy Agency.
Following the discovery of more than a billion barrels of oil and 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas offshore Senegal and Mauritania since 2014, a series of major projects underway in Senegal are set to transform the African country's economy.
West over the next five years.
years and put it on the map as one of the main hydrocarbon producing nations.
These include Sangomar Field Development, Senegal's first oil project on track to obtain first oil in 2023, and the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) gas project on the Mauritania-Senegal maritime border.
“Senegal has a proven petroleum system with multiple source rocks.
We have two big deepwater discoveries underway.
Together with Petrosen, we have written the geological story,” said Rogers Beall, founder and CEO of Fortesa.
“We believe that gas can be developed on land.
We have a large platform to build and we are in a position to drill and now provide the 150 million cubic feet per day that is our market installed on land in Senegal, waiting for gas.
Even our coal plants have two engines and could be using gas.
We need your investment.” From the beginning, Senegal has made it clear that its vast hydrocarbon resources will be used to accelerate socio-economic development through the export of gas to countries in the region with electricity shortages, as well as the creation of a national electricity market, with a view to to achieve universal access to energy by 2025.
For African countries endowed with hydrocarbon and renewable resources, Senegal's diversified energy mix can serve as a model compared to other single-resource economies.
“Senegal has decided to maximize its electricity production from natural gas”, HE Minister Gladima continued.
“This production of electricity from gas will allow us to reduce costs.
Natural gas has long played a role in reducing carbon emissions, as well as costing less than coal and oil.
This will help reduce the effects of greenhouse gases, so there will be cleaner technologies like hydrogen and biogas."
"With our gas fields, we can reduce the cost of electricity by up to 40%," repeated Mamadou Fall Kane, permanent deputy secretary of Cos-Petrogas.
“There is room for investment in the electricity sector.
In addition, our goal is to transform the metal and mineral resources such as iron ore in Senegal and the region.
We want to make Senegal a transformation center for mineral resources in West Africa.
If you look at the national demand for electricity, it's only 1 GW."
“Our priority is to use natural gas for export.
With the GTA project, for example, we will liquefy the gas and export it to the market”, said Joseph Medou, General Manager of the Senegal Gas Network (RGS).
“But another priority is gas-to-power conversion.
Our goal is to provide power to all of Senegal, as well as Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
We have also just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco, Nigeria and Mauritania related to the West African gas pipeline, which will link these countries.
It is an opportunity for us to export gas, but also to obtain gas in case we have problems with our fields.” Meanwhile, Senegal has implemented strong legal requirements for oil companies to use local staff and suppliers, in order to ensure that Senegal's oil and gas revenues are shared transparently and equitably.
In addition to bringing the first gas developments online from 2023, Senegal seeks to develop new industries linked to hydrocarbons, such as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and fertilizers, along with extensive use of gas-to-energy projects that can reduce production costs.
“The ambition and the vision are here”, said Aguibou BA, Executive Director, INPG.
“The INPG comes to develop the necessary skills to grow and develop the sector.
This followed a needs assessment carried out in 2017, in partnership with large companies operating in Senegal, to understand what was needed to drive growth in this industry.
We realized that we needed specialized engineers and technicians, but also to support the public and private sectors in terms of capacity development and creation of SMEs”.
As part of the EU-funded project "Organized Crime: West African Response to Cybersecurity and Fight Against Cybercrime" (OCWAR-C), ECOWAS will officially hand over a digital laboratory to Gambian authorities on Wednesday 19 October 2022 in Banjul, The Gambia to develop the operational capacity of the structures in charge of digital forensic investigations.
The official handover of the cybercrime laboratory, a digital forensic tool, to the Ministry of the Interior through the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Economy of The Gambia, will be carried out by the ECOWAS Commission, in collaboration with the European Union.
By handing over this new laboratory to the Gambian authorities, ECOWAS and its partners wish to develop the capacity of the Gambian Police to effectively counter cybercrime in the country and to better cooperate with other Member States in terms of managing cybercrime issues.
The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including forensic equipment (forensic imager and duplicator, forensic laptops, forensic workstation/server, etc.), generic materials, software, and licenses.
Prior to the relocation of this lab, training was provided to Gambian police officers to develop and improve their ability to process digital evidence following well-established best practices and appropriate procedures.
Various public figures are expected to attend the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, October 19.
Several people will come from the ECOWAS Commission, the Delegation of the European Union in The Gambia, Expertise France, the Gambian Ministries of Digital Economy, Interior and Foreign Affairs.
The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, will be represented at this important official ceremony by Mr. Sédiko Douka, ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization.
In his speech, Commissioner Douka will, among other things, give some examples of threats and attacks recently recorded in Africa through the "African Cyber Threat Assessment Report" prepared by Interpol, which identified online scams, digital extortion, compromise of business email, ransomware and phishing.
as the top five threats in Africa.
It will also give examples of threats from the Agari Cyber Intelligence Division (ACID) report which highlighted that 60% of the world's business email compromise perpetrators are in Africa, specifically in 11 countries, 6 of which are in Africa.
In terms of losses, cybercrime reduced Africa's GDP by 10% in 2021, resulting in a loss of $4 billion.
These examples and statistics have prompted the ECOWAS Commission and its partners to work to ensure a coordinated regional approach to addressing cybercrime issues by launching a cybersecurity agenda to support the security of the common digital space, which is a growing market.
in West Africa.
Some of the most advanced Community texts on cybercrime and cybersecurity have been adopted by ECOWAS Member States, and the Commission has made the implementation of these instruments a priority during the current mandate of President Omar Alieu Touray.
The delivery of the laboratory will be followed by an awareness campaign on cybersecurity on Friday, October 21 for a sample of 80 people, representing the country's actors involved in this activity, including state actors, IT managers of private structures and public in general.
The challenges of digital hygiene and the consideration of good international practices will be part of the topics that will be discussed during these sessions.
It should be remembered that OCWAR-C is an ECOWAS project financed by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France.
Its main objective is to contribute to improving cybersecurity and combating cybercrime in the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania.
More specifically, OCWAR-C aims to improve the robustness and build the resilience of the information infrastructure and the capacity of stakeholders involved in combating cybercrime.
India’s experts have urged better regulation of drug manufacturing process in the South Asian country.
This came after World Health Organisation (WHO) issued an alert earlier this month over four Indian-made cough syrups.
WHO said could be linked to acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths among children in The Gambia.
The flagging has brought into the limelight the menace of counterfeit drugs in India and calls for the regulation of the drug manufacturing process in the country.
The involved four cough syrups were manufactured by the pharmaceutical firm Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited based in India’s northern Haryana state.
Immediately after the WHO warning over the four Indian cough syrups sold overseas, India’s federal government launched a probe.
Laboratory analysis has found the cough syrups to be contaminated with diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, and India’s drug regulatory authority the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has confirmed the exports were limited to The Gambia.
India is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of affordable medicines to low and middle-income countries.
The CDSCO has been benchmarked as maturity level 3 for vaccines.
However, the regulation of medicines falls under the state governments.
“The absence of a centralised body to oversee the drug manufacturing process may result in certain cases of inconsistent regulatory control over pharmaceutical manufacturing activities leading to the production of substandard medicines, which may include medicines contaminated with toxic substances.
“India has been battling the challenge of substandard drugs for a while,” Gajendra Singh, a public health expert, wrote in an opinion piece in a local daily.
“The government must tighten its noose on quality and ensure that patient safety takes precedence over geography for medicines.
“The idea is to give patients the safest option available, whether it comes from the domestic market or overseas,” said the expert.
According to Singh, in 2018 the CDSCO identified about 4.5 per cent of all generic drugs in the Indian market as substandard.
“The Drugs Controller General of India should work closely with local drug control authorities and pharmaceutical companies to get to the root of the problem.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and the Directorate General for Agricultural Research and Policy (TAGEM), the Working Groups on Plant Genetic Resources and Seed Gene Banks organized the “ Plant Genetic Resources Management Workshop and Gene Banks”.
The workshop was organized by Gene Bank of Field Crops Central Research Institute Gene Bank in Ankara from 26 to 30 September 2022.
12 experts specializing in plant genetic resources participated in the workshop.
The experts came from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.
The TAGEM experts gave the participants training on registration, regeneration, conservation, characterization, distribution and documentation in germplasm banks and genetic collections.
The five-day workshop included lectures, presentations, and applied training on plant genetic resources conservation strategies, information management systems for genetic resources, policies for plant breeding and international approaches, biotechnology, and seed improvement.
The participants were pleased with the program designed to develop management practices and new technologies that would have a positive impact on biodiversity and food security by development cooperation partners: TİKA, TAGEM and IOFS.
During the program, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Turkish seed gene bank and learn about the Türkiye seed studies.
Dorcas Olubunmi Ibitoye, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Horticultural Research (NIHORT) said: “We need to understand and appreciate the role of biodiversity in food and agriculture as it affects food security, livelihoods, health and the environment.
If countries want to end famine and achieve sustainable development goals, they must take more ambitious steps to preserve and sustain biodiversity."
The training has multi-level objectives: to foster solidarity among the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to increase cooperation among researchers studying plant genetic resources and food security, and to protect the common interests of member countries in food security.
in Africa and Asia.
Above-average rainfall and devastating floods in West and Central Africa have affected five million people in 19 countries in the region, claiming hundreds of lives, disrupting livelihoods, displacing tens of thousands from their homes and decimating more than a million hectares of farmland, in a region already in the grip of an unprecedented hunger crisis.
This weather-related disaster is one of the deadliest the region has seen in years and is likely to deepen the already dire hunger of millions of people.
Floods hit West Africa as world leaders prepare to meet on the climate crisis at COP27 in Egypt, highlighting the urgent need to help communities on the front lines of the climate crisis adapt, scale up solutions that address the losses and damage sustained during weather-related disasters.
and investing in climate action in fragile contexts.
“Families in West Africa have already been pushed to the brink by conflict, the socio-economic fallout from the pandemic and skyrocketing food prices.
These floods act as a misery multiplier and are the final straw for communities already struggling to stay afloat,” said Chris Nikoi, Regional Director for West Africa at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
“WFP is on the ground helping families affected by the floods get back on their feet by providing an immediate response package, while helping build community resilience to future crises and paving the way out of this catastrophic situation” Nikoi added.
Short-term weather forecasts indicate above-average seasonal rainfall across the West African region (except southern coastal areas), with the risk of floods affecting people and further increasing humanitarian needs.
A confluence of calamities has already left 43 million people facing crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC/CH phases 3+4) during the lean season from June to August.
In response, WFP is on the ground providing a three-month emergency assistance package targeting 427,000 flood-affected women, men and children in critically affected countries, including Central African Republic, Chad, Gambia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe.
WFP also provides a post-flood response primarily targeting small farmers whose crops have been destroyed.
WFP's emergency food assistance is provided in the form of food and cash disbursements to help affected families meet their basic food and nutrition needs at a time when food prices are soaring, already causing basic meals are out of reach for vulnerable families.
In many countries in the region, food prices continue to rise compared to the five-year average.
Maize prices, for example, increased by 106%, 78% and 42%, respectively, in Ghana, Niger and Nigeria.
In Burkina Faso, sorghum prices increased by 85%.
In Mauritania, wheat increased by 49%, while in Sierra Leone, imported rice increased by a staggering 87%.
Spiraling prices for food, fuel and fertilizer are not only exacerbating the hunger crisis but also fueling socio-economic tensions as governments struggle to respond to the crisis due to heavy debt burdens and limited tax space.
In addition to responding to the immediate needs of communities affected by the floods, WFP is implementing an anticipatory action program that helps build the capacity of governments and partners.
This includes establishing early warning systems to better prepare for climate extremes when they occur and providing funding opportunities to avoid or mitigate the impacts of impending extreme weather events.
In August, WFP activated its Niger Early Action targeting 200,000 people at risk with early warning messages and advisory information.
"Strengthening resilience and promoting climate adaptation is an essential part of anticipating climate hazards, restoring degraded ecosystems, and protecting vulnerable communities against the impact of climate extremes," Nikoi said.
In the drylands of the Sahel, WFP's approach is to build local resilience to the cascading effects of the climate crisis, by promoting agricultural techniques that help restore degraded land and ecosystems.
WFP supports communities in building rainwater harvesting systems and other sustainable water storage options that allow farmers to plant fruits and vegetables even after riverbeds dry up.
WFP also implements a climate risk insurance scheme that improves climate risk management by African governments.
In 2022, WFP disbursed US$9.4 million from the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Replication for the implementation of an early response plan in Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso following the 2021 drought.
To ensure that the response program to the WFP floods can effectively help the affected communities, the WFP needs 15 million dollars until March 2023.
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), says West African countries must create export-ready MSMEs that can compete with exports from other countries.
Mr Olawale Fasanya, the Director- Executive Officer of SMEDAN, said this at the ongoing 1st edition of the Gambia-Nigeria trade fair in Banjul, Gambia.
The fair has as its theme: “Ahead of AfCFTA: Strengthening West African Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Capacity to Boost Intra-Regional Trade” According to a statement issued on Saturday by Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, Head of Corporate Communications, SMEDAN, Fasanya emphasised the need for enabling environment for MSMEs to grow.
He said that the theme of the trade fair was aimedbat challenging institutions of governments in both countries to provide the enabling environment for MSMEs to thrive locally and globally.
“My expectation is to see more of our products in markets beyond our continent.
“I am confident that we will very soon begin to witness significant growth within our MSMEs space as a direct benefit of this fair.
“The fair will, no doubt, provide the needed platform for future business-to-business, business and government and government to government co-operation.
“This, I know, will help reduce impeding issues such as insecurity, corruption and other socio-political crises that have significantly not allowed our MSMEs space to be fully developed,’’ Fasanya said.
The SMEDAN boss said that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiative should help double intra-Africa trade by 2030. He also projected that it would reduce reliance on imports and help create more jobs within the shortest possible time.
“When you consider the volume of trade between Nigeria and The Gambia, you will be convinced that there are opportunities that have not yet been exploited.
According to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade, Nigeria’s exports to The Gambia was 1.47 million dollars during 2021, while Nigeria’s imports from The Gambia was 385.86 thousand dollars.
“The commodities of exchange are largely primary products without much value-addition.
“This is the narrative the fair is intended to change over time.
“We expect that Nigeria and The Gambia will be able to maximally develop our MSMEs to fully take advantage of not just the huge African markets.
“And also enter other economic territories of the Americas, Europe and Asia,’’ Fasanya said.
Monty Mobile (www.MontyMobile.com), the fast-growing global telecommunications company providing innovative technology and communication solutions, has partnered with Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, to further elevate the network.
of the Gambian certified GSM mobile operator, Comium, with innovative products and solutions.
Earlier this year, Monty Mobile officially took over the management and operations of Comium with a vision to revolutionize the operator's offering, paving the way for 5G network technology.
Monty Mobile chose the Gambia and Comium operation as both have the key attributes to showcase a successful model where Gambia will be Monty Mobile's gateway to West Africa.
On the occasion, Mr. Lionel Liu, CEO of Huawei West Africa, stated: “We are looking forward to this new long-term collaboration with Monty Mobile, which will be a turning point in the renovation of Comium Gambia's telecommunication infrastructure and the beginning of many future projects.
in line with its vision of expanding its operation throughout the African market.” Monty Mobile Gambia COO and CEO, Mr. Marwan Khoury, added: “The choice of Huawei, the world's leading ICT infrastructure provider, as Monty Mobile's strategic partner, starting with Comium, is in line with our ICT vision for the African market.
As The Gambia is our gateway to Africa, we will ensure that our success story paves the way for expansion throughout the region.
We will showcase state-of-the-art business services tailored to the market as we approach it in a way that is highly relevant to the people of The Gambia and from The Gambia to the rest of Africa.” This exciting new venture is just the beginning of a substantial transformation set to unfold in 2023 as Monty Mobile aims to pioneer the latest cutting edge technology in the African market.