State House, Banjul, 15 March 2018 – President Adama Barrow reiterated the importance his administration attaches to consolidating friendship and bilateral cooperation with all countries as he continued to receive diplomats at the State House, today.
Excellencies, Mrs Elena Stefol of Romania, Mr Flavio Rocha Junior of Brazil and Mr Ramadan Ghasi of Kosovo presented their credential to the Gambian leader, with messages of goodwill and support from their Heads of State.
President Barrow emphasised that The Gambia is on the path of consolidating democracy, independence of the judiciary and freedom for socio-economic development. He informed the diplomats that his administration is optimistic about the upcoming May conference with donors in Brussels on the National Development Plan 2018-2021 and urged them to support The Gambia. President Barrow re-echoed that support to the country should be based on mutual benefit and respect to build a strong foundation for sustainable development.
He cited the importance of modernised agricultural practices and processing for job creation and empowerment of the citizens. The President called on all to advocate for peace, stability and respect for diversity in bringing people together for the mutual benefit of humanity.
Presenting her credential, Romania Ambassador Stefol said her country will continue to support and strengthen ties with The Gambia through the European Union and bilateral cooperation.
On his part, Brazilian Ambassador Rocha Junior pledged to work with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency to embark on an assessment mission to map possible and concrete areas of cooperation with urgency. He regretted that earlier cooperation in the area of animal husbandry with the Jammeh regime did not yield the desired results.
Ambassador Ghasi presenting his letter of credence noted the importance of diversity and respect for all in building bridges of friendship and solidarity.
The Ambassadors discussed the various areas of cooperation that could be strengthened with The Gambia. Trade, agriculture, cultural exchange and tourism, Information, Communication and Infrastructure, sports and capacity building through education and training were identified as possible areas of cooperation.
Information Minister, Honourable Demba Jawo deputised for the Foreign Affairs Minister. Higher education Minister, Honourable Badara Joof, Secretary General Habib Drammeh and Permanent Secretary, Ebrima Camara from the Foreign Affairs Ministry witnessed the presentations.