Jun 24, 2008, 6:30 AM
After representing his government and people in The Gambia
for three years as head of
Speaking in an exclusive interview with our own Nfamara Jawneh at his office in Kanifing last Thursday, Dr Chang expressed his gratitude to the media, government and people of The Gambia for the support and hospitality accorded to him during his term. He also thanked the Gambian leader President Yahya Jammeh for his personal support and for improving the lives of Gambian people. "I enjoyed working in this country for more three years now, we were always invited to the state banquet and we took part in president's birthday and cultural festivities. One thing that I would not forget especially is our visits to Kanilai," he said.
The outgoing Taiwanese Ambassador catalogued the various
major projects undertaken by his government during his tenure. "During these
past three years, the thing that I would not forget is that I have the great
honour of accompaigning the president to
He said that there are a few projects that need to be
complete but is of confidence that his successor will complete them. "Well we
will continue to do the good work, in the areas of solar energy and traditional
medicine programmes." He also acknowledged the support of the out going
Among these, he recalled is the construction of two senior secondary schools namely those of Siffoe and Mayork, Science and Technology Academy in Kanilai, a conference centre, and a recording studio also in Kanilai and the awarding of many scholarships for undergraduate MA and Ph.D. programmes.
He also revealed that funds for construction of feeder
roads, renovation of military barracks, installation of streets lights are
available while support of over $US 700, 000 to the President's Empowerment of
Girls Education Program (PEGEP) is an yearly pledge. He mentioned the support
On agriculture, he cited the success registered by Taiwan's Technical Mission in the country by working in collaboration with farmers and the national agricultural development agency NADA to help the country in its strives to attain food self sufficiency.
On health he revealed that they have provided funds for polio vaccination, an Avian Flu campaign, funds for HIV/AIDS treatment programme, grants for the payment of Cuban medical doctors, meningitis and the supply of CT scanners and Hemodialisis machines to RVTH. He said that they also helped in the area of humanitarian crises like disasters and flooding and the support for the operation eradicate malaria in The Gambia.
Dr Chang expressed the hope that his successor, Mr Rechard Shih, would continue from where he left off and do even more good work.
Latest developments come against the backdrop of a March
2008 general election in
Dr Chang, who leaves the country on May 1st2008, declared his intention to retire after having done, in his view, a lot for his country. His successor is due here on May 15th2008.