Israel, Gambia celebrate bilateral relations

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Gambia and Israel on Thursday 27 December, 2018 celebrated their bilateral relations at the Fajara Club.The celebration was aimed at strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

The celebration also coincided with the 60th anniversary of Mashav–Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rosenblit Rio, the ambassador of Israel said that the bilateral relationship started six years ago, however, he added they had the idea of cooperating with The Gambia in the early eighties mainly in the area of agriculture.

He added that now they want to have cooperation with The Gambia in many fields; ranging from agriculture, health care, education, entrepreneurship and many other fields for the benefit of young people.

“We are proud and our programme for cooperation is called Mashav, which we are celebrating for 60 years now. Mashev is taking many trainees to Israel in various fields and we are trying to share our knowledge and now there are marvelous initiatives to implement,” he said.

He said they have created a project with The Gambia government called ‘equaliser,’ pointing out that the idea was to give the children who are from poor families the opportunities for education.

Claudiana Cole, the minister of Basic and Secondary Education, expressed delight over the celebration, saying the relationship between Gambia and Israel is based on mutual benefit. She said there are lots that The Gambia can learn from the Mashev training.

She further called for stronger relationship between the two countries, while welcoming the idea of the Israeli government for investing in education.

Rohey Lowe, the mayoress of Banjul City Council, thanked the Israeli government for rendering support to The Gambia, especially her council.

Author: Pa Modou Cham