#Article (Archive)

Outgoing Australian High Commissioner bids farewell to Jammeh

Oct 12, 2012, 3:37 AM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

The Australian High Commissioner to The Gambia based in Abuja, Nigeria, yesterday bade farewell to President Yahya Jammeh at State House in Banjul.
Ian McConville is ending his tour of duty as Australian High Commissioner to The Gambia after three years.
Speaking to waiting reporters after his audience with the Gambian leader, McConville said the relationship between The Gambia and Australia has developed significantly over the past years.
While describing President Jammeh as a strong supporter of the relationship, the Australian diplomat lauded Jammeh’s personal interest in that area.
“The main areas we have been focusing on for the past years is education, because in education, we have made exchanges in that sector in terms of scholarships, which we have been offering to The Gambia,” he said, adding that the two governments are also looking at the significance of collaborating in the field of agriculture.
Australia, McConville stated, is keen on ways in which they can assist the mining sector in The Gambia.
“These three areas I mentioned are areas that President Jammeh is engaged in, and I think they will be looked into by my government,” he added.