Nath Kovind, the president of India who was on a two-day state visit to The
Gambia on Wednesday evening addressed the National Assembly.
President Kovind, during his addressed added that The Gambia National Development Plan 2018-2021, has already started to bear fruits of good governance, social cohesion and a re-vitalised economy, while assuring that India will stand by Gambia “in realising our country vision.”
“The Gambia, India relationship has come a long way. The goodwill among our people speaks volumes of the precious bonds of amity and solidarity that we enjoy. The warmth of your friendship and the nutrition of your ‘Kaju’ have been enjoyed by every home in India.”
“We cherish our privileged development partnership with The Gambia. We have, in keeping your priorities, extended support for your social and economic progress from capacity building, financial assistance to implementing infrastructure projects.”
India and Gambia, he said, are not only young nations, but also have a young demography. Fostering enterprise and entrepreneurship is seminal for our development.
“The vocational training center established at the Gambian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an Incubation Center at the Gambian Technical Training Institute with our assistance have been bearing appreciable results.”
Speaking earlier, Mariam Jack-Denton, the speaker of the National Assembly said this is the first time an Indian President is visiting The Gambia and also addressing members of the National Assembly, adding that the two countries share a good bilateral relationship.