ECOWAS envoy: Gambia taking deliberate steps in peace building

Thursday, July 25, 2019

A representative of the West Africa regional bloc (Ecowas) in The Gambia Tuesday said The Gambia is currently going through a transition process and taking deliberate steps at strategic level towards mainstreaming peace building.

Vabah Gayflor was speaking at the start of a four-day training on peace building, strategic policy, best practices and delivery, organised by the Department of Strategic Policy Delivery at the Office of the President and supported by ECOWAS and the European Union.

Addressing participants, Vabah Gayflor said these steps range from various policy formulations to implementation, which is designed to consolidate democratic governance. “It is the collective responsibility of all to ensure that structures are put in place especially at policy and decision making for sustainable peace, stability and development in the country,” she said.

The training, which brought together government technocrats, administrators and policymakers from the department of strategic policy delivery, was designed to strengthen their capacity to enable them to effectively execute their coordination mandates.

It is expected at the end of the training, participants would be equipped with the necessary knowledge to integrate conflict prevention mechanisms in the public policy practice and delivery.

Muhammed Jallow, Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President said The Gambia is known for its peace and democracy, but the past regime brought in unfavorable history. “The democratic change of government in 2016 has given the country a fresh leash and made it an envy of the world,” Mr. Jallow said.

He said challenges still remain in consolidating the peace and stability in the country, saying issues like land dispute, cultural and traditional conflicts, tribal and religious conflicts, citizenship, among others are threatening the country’s stability. 

Author: Fatou Dem