Complaint

Complaint number
AfCFTA-000-003  
NTB Type
7.1. Transport, Clearing and Forwarding  
Complaint
A Gambian bus with cross border traders and other passengers going to Dakar was stopped and refused entry after being issued an interstate transport licences by the ministry of transport of The Gambia. The Karang drivers mobilized against the bus with the help of the Senegalese Gendarmes to turn the bus back to The Gambia. Transport unionists in Senegal on Monday stoned a Gambia Transport Service Corporation bus, injuring a passenger and leaving many others in distraught as the vehicle retreated to Gambian territory late night. Another Similar incident is a bus was denied entry by the unionists who blocked its way even after the intervention of police, customs and other Senegalese security officials. The unionists complained that the service from the Gambia is taking their market.
A different bus was also blocked from entering Senegal a few days earlier and was only allowed to proceed after the intervention of the Senegalese High Commissioner in The Gambia among other officials.

The Standard contacted the managing director of the GTSC for comments on the matter. He advised that refusal of entry is a violation of both the ECOWAS and bilateral protocols agreed between The Gambia and Senegal. “The first place to start is to highlight that there is an agreement between Senegal and The Gambia for our public bus services to run two services from both directions a day, meaning two Gambian buses leaving Banjul to Dakar and vice verse. The same agreement provides for Senegalese public bus service to operate the same number daily. Also sometime in 2018, the Gambian and Senegalese transport ministers signed a protocol which allows both countries to operate 150 cross-border trips for Senegalese operators and 100 for Gambian operators. And these do not include public transport bus service. All these are in addition to the ECOWAS protocols which allow free movement of goods and people in the region. The latest incident came after the GTSC responded to a Gambia government announcement that Gambia public transport and that of Senegal can operate unlimited cross-border service to the two countries. So we put an additional service last week which was blocked and later allowed but on Monday, they blocked our bus and on its way back, some people stoned it and put the passengers in grave danger with one of them sustaining injuries,” the managing director of the GTSC said.  
Progress update note
 
Policy or regulatory NTB
No 
Location
Senegal: Karang (Border post)  
Reporting Country or Region
Gambia, The  
Date of incident
2020-01-11  
Status
New  
Product Description
Movement of traders from Banjul to Dakar constrained.

Total value
0  
Annual trade value
DALASI90 000 000.00  
Date reported
2020-01-17  
Modified
2020-01-17 15:03