By Bekai Njie
The Prince of Wales Prince Charles, has said that the United Kingdom is committed to helping The Gambia’s infrastructure to achieve its development blue print.
His visit, he indicated was a testimony of the bond that binds The Gambia and the United Kingdom, and “also the myriad of historical ties and relations that exist between our people.”
“U.K. and The Gambia would work together in helping to address the most pressing challenges of our times, climate change, youth unemployment, and respect for human rights. These would be done by harnessing the experience and knowledge from The Gambia and the United Kingdom,” he said.
He was speaking at a welcoming ceremony held at the McCarthy Square in Banjul, this morning.
Prince Charles said he was happy about the way he was welcomed at the Banjul International Airport, saying that’s why people called The Gambia, the Smiling Coast of Africa.
“Our time in Gambia, we look forward to meeting many of the places if we can and see for ourselves something that makes The Gambia so special. It is clear to us alright, however, that we have to come back again before too long. Our visit is opportunity to celebrate the bond of friendship between UK and The Gambia, the merit connection between our people and in many areas that our two countries cooperate,” Prince highlighted.
President Adama Barrow expressed delights to receive The Royal Highnesses; saying is “True love” for The Gambia. He added that The Gambia’s re-admission in the Commonwealth is a clear demonstration of his government’s commitment to strengthening International relations with the UK, and other key development partners.
He urged the UK to continue supporting The Gambia’s economic sector and infrastructure for the attainment of the country’s development aspirations.
He added that his government is very committed to upholding the principles of democracy, access to justice, and to be the beacon of democracy in the sub-region.
“As a new government we look forward to a meaningful engagement with the Commonwealth family and structures to implement our development programmes,” Barrow says.
He said the recent decision by the Gambia to join the commonwealth is ampule testimony of his government readiness to enhance international cooperation.
“I call on the commonwealth family to stand by us, accompany us and enhance its visibility through concrete actions and the application of instrument that would build our human resource capacity.”