Gambia’s Information Minister Demba Ali Jawo has defended the government’s decision to ditch the Swiss owned
company Multimedia Gateway International (MGI) as the sole manager of the Gambia’s International Gateway.
MGI, which was established in 2002 and prides itself with providing high quality connectivity anywhere in the world, had its contract terminated in July by the government.
The government said the billing system was acquired on behalf of Gambia’s cellular company, GAMCEL, which it described as the most expensive ever for the company if not around the world.
It said although the billing platform cost millions of US Dollars, GAMCEL does not have total ownership and control over the system.
Despite high billing cost, the government earlier this week announced that it was handing the contract back to GMI, but changed its mind some hours later.
“This decision [to re-establish the contract agreement with GMI] has since been rescinded. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has finalised the tender processes of acquiring a gateway monitoring tool,” Minister Jawo told journalists Wednesday during a presser held at GRTS Building, Kanifing.
Mr Jawo said that the Ministry of Information and Communications Infrastructure (MOICI), the Ministry of Justice and PURA are edging towards finalizing the license terms and conditions.
He added that this enable government to immediately roll out the liberalisation of the gateway as dictated by policy.
He explain one of the contributing factor that led Gambia gov’t to rescind its decision has to do with startling revelations at the ongoing commission of inquiry.
Written by Abdoulie JOHN