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Fisheries Ministry, Malaysia University sign agreement

Nov 18, 2019, 2:17 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Lincoln University College – an Agrotechnology institute in Malaysia has made a yearly pledge of D3 million to support the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources to develop and manage the fisheries sector in The Gambia.

Officials said the total pledge of D15 million will be disbursed to the ministry within five years.

This was disclosed to journalists on Thursday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions at a ceremony held at the Fisheries Ministry in Banjul.

The first payment of D3 million has already been deposited at the Central Bank of The Gambia on Wednesday, officials confirmed.

The MoU also seeks to strengthen research and educational promotion of marine resources and related industries, investment and technical marine resources as well as establishment and organisation of international education and training on marine resources among other issues.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the minister of Fisheries, James Furmos Peter Gomez, expressed gratitude to the Malaysian ambassador, saying their ambition was to see how best to satisfy the Gambian people by putting food on the table.

The MoU, he said will help in capacity building and create employment. He thus called on Gambians to take advantage of the relationship as “we go forward.”

He assured them that his ministry will follow the principles of the signed agreement.

Tan Sir Dr. Aixinjueluo Yahao, the ambassador at large, thanked the government of The Gambia for accepting the partnership and assured of their willingness to help Gambia with more collaboration.

The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr. Bamba A.M. Banja, said the MoU would help to strengthen research and educational promotion of marine resources and other related industries. He added it will also promote the research, development application and agglomeration of related industries to promote the development of fish farming and processing industries among others.

He said the MoU would also establish, and organise international forum and conference in the field of marine resources.

He finally described the move as the biggest achievement of his ministry in 2019 and hailed the Malaysian government for more support partnership.