Ram, Barrow agree to expand cooperation

Thursday, August 01, 2019

The president of India Ram Nath Kovind, at a press briefing at State House yesterday affirmed his government’s readiness to support The Gambia’s development plans in the areas of education, solar energy, industries, democracy and capacity building training.

He said India and Gambia shared long standing bond, while congratulating President Barrow for fostering greater democracy, stability and nation building.

He added that they reviewed the bilateral relations and discussed global issues of mutual interest. “We agreed that we should expand our partnership on prosperity and development of our peoples. We signed memorandum of understanding and cooperation in the fields of education and medicine.”

President Ram explained that they received instrument of electrification of the international solar alliance, saying that this will open up new opportunities of collaboration between the two countries on solar energy and help Gambia in climate change.

“We are keen to implement a grant based on solar projects in The Gambia. The Gambia is keen to achieve good governance, accountability, social cohesion, national reconciliation and revitalise and transform the country under national development plan 2018 to 2021. During our discussion, we identified specific areas of cooperation to extend assistance with half a million dollars in support of school development and other industrial projects.”

He added that they also agreed to have training in the fields of judiciary, police, administration and tactical expertise, per the request and the line of the priorities to the Gambian side.

He reiterated that India remains committed to partner with The Gambia in its progress and prosperity, adding that they look forward to continue friendship and ever going partnership with mutual trust and confidence.

Adama Barrow, president of The Gambia, said India is the country with largest democracy in the world and that The Gambia is inspired.

“We are new in democracy and we want to learn. I think we can learn from India, with 900 million registered voters, who voted the last elections in India and in a very peaceful environment. I see no reason why we cannot conduct peaceful elections in our countries in Africa, especially Gambia with a population of two million.”

He thanked president Ram for the visit and affirmed his continued support to India.

Author: Pa Modou Cham
Source: Picture: President Ram Nath Kovind