Outgoing French envoy reaffirms France’s continued support to Gambia

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The outgoing French ambassador to Senegal overseeing The Gambia His Excellency Christophe Bigot has disclosed that his government is committed to continue to support The Gambia‘s democracy, development in the areas of agriculture, health, tourism and security.

The ambassador was speaking at a press briefing yesterday held at the French Embassy in Fajara.

H.E. Bigot disclosed that he had gone with both Vice President Touray and the President to Koina and Fatoto to visit authorities for the education project they are implementing for the French teachers. He added that as Gambia is part of the French speaking countries, it’s important to have the necessary tools to promote French in schools.

“Gambia’s democracy is very young and it needs to be protected. That is why we have promoted the training of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) through the office of the National Security Adviser, for 40 officers for two weeks and is the first step,” he said. “We will further build capacities because we consider it very important in a democratic state for the police to abide by the rule of law.” 

He said the French Parliament and The Gambia have close bilateral relationship in the area of sharing experiences and capacity building, while reaffirming that the French government is committed to helping The Gambia in many aspects, most especially in the fields of agriculture, health, tourism and the security sector reform.

He disclosed that in the past years, he witnessed positive changes to the country’s democracy; saying with the improvement, France decided to open a diplomatic antenna in Banjul this year, and appoint a Charge d’Affairs who will represent France in a more active way on the ground.

“We will also help in the area of water and electricity in early 2020. French teachers are also getting assistance to enhance their language teaching capabilities, he added. “A new French school will be opened this year at the French Cultural Centre, Alliance Francais to promote the French language in The Gambia.  

Author: Pa Modou Cham