Upcoming Senegalo-Gambia conference to cost D1.5m

Thursday, May 09, 2019

The upcoming Senegalo-Gambia conference on Inter-faith Relations in SeneGambia slated for 11 May, 2019, at a local hotel will cost D1.5 million, according to organisers.

The first Inter-faith conference in The Gambia is to be organised under the umbrella of Hijas Islamic Organisation and it is aimed at strengthening the relationship between The Gambia and Senegal.

The conference is also aimed at smoothing the relations between the two main religions within Senegambia (Islam and Christianity) as well as to encourage religious tolerance and to showcase what they have in Senegambia for the world to emulate.

Speaking at the press briefing, Tombong Saidy, a member of the organising committee, said that the convergence will be an Inter-faith conference between the Muslims and Christians across the two countries.

He added that it is termed as Senegambia because the sub region is lucky to inherit a society that has Muslims and Christians living peacefully and they are trying to nurture and sustain that peace by organising the conference.

“The organising committee has been working very hard in the past three months to make this conference happen and in the process, we have written to more than 200 companies, institutions and individuals to donate and support this noble event,” he revealed.

Shiekh Ahmad Ceesay, also a member of the organising committee, said that during the conference, the Islamic faith will be presided over by Imam Chiekh Tidiane Ali Cisse of Medina Bai Niass in Kaolack, Senegal while the Christian Faith would be presided over by Rev. Father Anthony Gabisi of The Gambia. He added that they have also written to both governments but only Senegalese government has responded as at present.

The organising committee acknowledged that in addition to the presentations by Imam Chiekh Tidiane Ali Cisse and Rev Father Anthony Gabisi, there will be statements from the Christian Council, Supreme Islamic Council and Executive Secretary of the Senegalo-Gambian Permanent Secretariat, the Ambassador of Senegal, the U.S. Ambassador and the UN Resident Coordinator.

Author: Fatou B. Cham