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BAJ Gambia director attends Africa-EU forum in Italy

May 19, 2016, 11:13 AM

Mamadou Edrisa Njie, director of programmes and managing editor at Biodiversity Action Journalists The Gambia (BAJ Gambia), at the weekend, left for Italy to participate in the 2nd Africa- EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) forum.

He was invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to participate in the high-level conference jointly organised by the African Union Commission and the European Commission, 16-17 May, 2016.

The forum, entitled ‘Business and Science: Leading the way to sustainable energy’, builds on the first AEEP stakeholder forum held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012.

Shortly before his departure, Mr Njie thanked the organisers and his office for the support to enable him attend the forum.

African and European ministers, African Union and European Union commissioners, as well as more than 300 other high-level participants from both continents representing the private sector, civil society, academia and other international organisations are expected to participate in the Milan conference.

Organisers said the forum will offer delegates a chance to meet and engage among themselves, but also with high-level speakers, exhibitors, and delegates on a one-on-one basis during the Business-to-Business Matchmaking service.

Mr Njie said BAJ Gambia, as a professional media organisation, will utilise this session to build good partnership at the international level to enhance its activities.

The main objectives of the forum include sharpening the role and contributions of a wide range of stakeholders in order to increase investment in energy infrastructure, enhance the engagement of non-state actors, and provide a framework for intercontinental dialogue.

At the end of the forum, delegates will go for excursions to the European Commission’s joint research centre, historical tour in Como (Lake Como), and Milan historic city tour.