Aug 8, 2011, 2:11 PM
The Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) to the Gambia, Samuel Chen, has highlighted the significance of unity, friendship and contribution to national development.
Ambassador Chen was speaking on Wednesday, during the Annual General Meeting of the Taiwan Alumni Association (TAA), held at the Paradise Suites Hotel.
While underscoring that unity is very important as it can help us work effectively, the Taiwanese diplomat said TAA is based on friendship between The Gambia and Taiwan.
According to him, through the TAA, students can help each other and contribute their quota to national development.
“It is important that people cannot live alone,” he said, while expressing the need for people to develop friendship.
The TAA, he said, can help in strengthening the Taiwan Cultural Centre in The Gambia. He urged Gambians to make best use of the center, as they have courses every three months.
Speaking earlier, Kumba Conateh, deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, who doubles as the president of TAA, said their aim is to ensure the development of the country.
She hailed the Gambian students in Taipei saying, “they are doing well and are meaningfully contributing to national development.”
“The rationale behind is to share the skills gained as part of what they learn, and to see how to adapt to the Taiwanese culture when they are back home,” she stated.
Kumba commended the ROC Embassy for funding the event. She revealed that TAA currently has a website www.taa.gm, where one can read about the association and their activities.
Lang Sanyang, vice president of TAA, said the purpose of the AGM is to interact with members to gain more ideas. “It is about how we can better build the association, and the way forward,” he stated.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Fatou Ndong commended the Taiwanese government for giving them the opportunity to study in Taipei.
“We have learnt a lot; the knowledge and experience gained will not be wasted. In the near future it will help in developing The Gambia,” she stated.
Meanwhile, the executive members of the TAA comprised Kumba Conateh as president, Adama Ceesay, treasurer, Kebba Bojang, assistant secretary, Lang Sanyang, vice president, and Modou Lamin Sanyang, PRO.