Mamadou Tangara, the minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and
Gambians Abroad has stated that in the New Gambia, the African Union continues
to provide valuable support to The Gambia government’s reform programmes.
“A team of African Experts will soon be dispatched to the country for a period of 12 months to provide technical support to the reform programmes of government in the security and judicial sectors,” he said in a statement read on behalf of the government on the occasion of on the continent-wide commemoration of the African Union with the theme ‘African Union: Acheievements, Challenges and next steps.’
The Gambia, he said, continues to be the proud host to one of the key organs of the African Union in the promotion of good governance, accountability, respect for rule of law and human rights.
Dr. Tangara added that the location of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in The Gambia, is something that we take pride in because it is a manifestation of our democratic credentials and commitments to the respect for the human rights of our citizens and of peoples all over the world.
“The Gambia government will continue to provide the right environment that will enable the Commission to be successful in the execution of its important mandate. Efforts will be intensified to implement the construction of a permanent headquarters for the Commission with adequate facilities and amenities commensurate with its status as an important institution of the African Union.”
The Gambia, he went on, has been actively participated in the efforts toward a peaceful, fully integrated and developed African Union. “We continue to participate in AU sessions and make robust and meaningful contributions at various platforms, be it at the level of Permanent Representatives Committee, the Executive Council or the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.”
He recalled that at the last Ordinary Session of the Assembly held in Nouakchott, Mauritania and before that at the Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, His Excellency President Adama Barrow made several interventions on various agenda items. His statements were delivered in a considered and dignified manner and received genuine acclamations from his colleagues. President Barrow also had bilateral meetings with other Heads of State and Government thereby raising the diplomatic profile of The Gambia to a higher pedestal, he said.
As a manifestation of this trend, The Gambia will be hosting in 2019 the 3rd Ordinary Session of the Ministerial Session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Migration, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.
According to him, Fifty-five (55) African ministers are expected in The Gambia to discuss the way forward in fully implementing the migration agenda of the African continent and the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons.
The Foreign Affairs minister noted that The Gambia currently chairs the Policy Sub-Committee on the Special Emergency Fund on Drought and Famine. This Sub-committee has the important mandate of giving financial support to African countries that are affected by drought and famine.
“Important activities are envisaged under the aegis of this Sub-Committee that would improve the versatility of the African Union in addressing both the causes and the effects of drought and famine on the African continent.”