from The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) headed by the commissioner general are
currently in Dakar to hold discussions with their Senegalese counterparts at an
annual bilateral meeting.
Hosted at King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, this year’s bilateral meeting commenced on the 5th to 7th December and was designed to provide the two customs authorities the opportunity to meet and review their bilateral agreements and discuss other challenging issues on the border particularly the free movement of people and goods.
Speaking at the opening event, Yankuba Darboe, the GRA’s commissioner general expressed profound gratitude in meeting the Senegalese colleagues.
Mr. Darboe applauded the Senegalese DG, management and staff of the Senegalese Customs Administration for the warm reception and hospitality extended to their Gambian counterparts.
“As Experts from both administrations meet to discuss our common issues, “I challenge you to come with practical solutions to the issues identified. Let’s enhance our border cooperation to facilitate free movement of people and goods across borders. Let’s communicate, let’s network, let’s share intelligence and let’s share best practices within and between our respective administrations for better service delivery and security for our peoples and governments,” he said.
“You will agree with me that economic integration and prosperity of our two economies is mutually beneficial for both countries,” he declared, adding that as two brotherly nations, “we are one and same people only divided by the artificial borders created through colonisation. This is more evident in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the local dialects we speak among many other similarities.”
“Let the borders not be our barriers because before the borders; we were one and same people first. I believe our diversity as people, administrations and countries should serve as our strength rather than weakness. For this reason, I challenge you all to leave legacies as experts and administrators in our respective administrations that bring these two countries and beyond together for the benefit of our peoples and governments.”
The GRA boss said that he has no doubt that at the end of the three days meeting, experts will come up with clear and practical recommendations for consideration by the director generals of the two administrations.
Mr. Darboe finally hailed the government and people of Senegal for hosting the event.