Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in The Gambia on Wednesday 29
November 2017 donated two brand new vehicles to the Ministry of Youth and
Sports (MoYS), as it prepares to host the 2017 NAYCONF.
The Embassy also donated 200 footballs to the ministry.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the presentation, H.E. Zhang Jiming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Gambia said it was a great pleasure for them to have the opportunity to show their support to NAYCONF, the government of The Gambia and its people in order to empower young people.
He said he has been in contact with youth and sports minister to carry forward youth and sports activities in the country.
He added that the Chinese government and its Banjul Embassy would always keep youth empowerment and sports cooperation in mind as well as promoting bilateral relationships in their agenda and priority.
He assured that in future they would keep promoting youth exchanges, sports cooperation between the two countries, adding that the Embassy within its capabilities would also do its utmost to support youth activities, empowerment and programs to help Gambian youth better advance in national, social and economic development.
“The potential is huge and the future is bright,” he pointed out.
Hon. Henry Gomez, Minister of Youth and Sports, thanked the Ambassador Zhang as well as the People’s Republic of China for the great gesture.
He admitted that his ministry was facing challenges when it comes to vehicles but added that, they accept the situation since government could not do it all.
He described People’s Republic of China and its Ambassador to The Gambia as real brothers and partners. He further described Ambassador Zhang as a man of his words.
He noted that they are working hard to ensure this year’s NAYCONF is one of a kind. He therefore thanked the team for working round the clock to ensure they stage a successful NAYCONF.
Dembo Kambi, Chairman of the National Youth Council also expressed delight with the gesture, saying it would go a long way in supporting the cause of young people in the country.