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Dr Momodou Tangara is Gambia’s new UN rep

Sep 24, 2013, 9:39 AM

Former Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Momodou Tangara, has been appointed as The Gambia’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, The Point can authoritatively report.

Dr Tangara, who was removed from cabinet earlier in August this year, replaced David Darol Tommy, who was Gambia’s permanent representative to the UN from January to August 2013.

Prior to this latest appointment, Mr. Tangara held various positions in the Gambia government, from 2010 to 2013.

He was Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad. He also served briefly as Minister of Fisheries, Water and National Assembly Affairs.

Previously, from 2008 to 2010, Dr Tangara was Coordinator of the National Authorising Office Support Unit (NAOSU) for the programs and projects funded by the European Union in The Gambia.

In 2009, Tangara was appointed focal point for issues related to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

From 2002, he held several positions at the University of The Gambia, including Professor and Chairman and finally Chairman of the Board of Governors, a position he still holds.

Mr. Tangara holds a doctorate in social sciences from the University of Limoges in France and two Master’s degrees, one of which is from the same university and the other, the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

Meanwhile, according to reports from UN headquarters, Dr Tangara and Vandi Chidi Minah, the new permanent representative of Sierra Leone last week presented their credentials to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.