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Gambia, UNECA sign MoU to support PAGE, others

Apr 8, 2011, 3:27 PM

The government of The Gambia and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Development (PAGE) for the period 2012-2015 and the development and management of The Gambia's public sector.

The partnership, among others, opts to create a platform for advisory service, technical support and capacity building through joint studies and experience sharing in national development planning with added support towards sectoral policy planning, design, financing, implementation, analysis, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessments and budget design and analysis.
A statement from the ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs said Hon. Mambury B. Njie, minister for Finance & Economic Affairs, signed on behalf of the Gambia government while His Excellency Abdoulie Janneh, United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of UNECA, signed for UNECA.

Janneh assured the delegation that ECA will prioritise continued support in the implementation process highlighting the timeliness of the signing with the ongoing discussions at the annual Conference of African Ministers for Finance, Economy, Planning and Economic Development on the theme "Governing Development and the Role of the State in Economic Transformation."
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Njie thanked Janneh for UN's support to The Gambia and the expeditious processing of the agreement, going further to indicate that, "we have a clear vision, but operationalising it calls for planning which in turn requires capacity."

In his participation at a panel discussion on "Green Economy and Global Sustainability", which The Point newspaper was privileged to witness, Hon. Njie shared with the audience Gambia's ongoing transition to a green economy.

He said this was manifested in the success stories and plans to consolidate the registered gains under the leadership of President Yahya Jammeh's national development plans since assuming office in July 1994.
The Gambian delegation to Addis Ababa, headed by Minister Njie, included Basirou Njie, first Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia.