Sep 28, 2009, 5:37 AM
Qatar Embassy in Banjul Wednesday celebrated the National Day of the State of
Qatar, which is celebrated every year on December 18 in commemoration of the
historic day in 1878.
The celebration was held at a dinner reception at the Ambassador’s residence in Bijilo.
Speaking at the celebration, the Ambassador of Qatar in The Gambia, Mohammed Nasser Al-Kaabi, said Qatar is among the richest countries in the world.
He said to utilise the resources effectively and in a more efficient manner, the State of Qatar has a vision to managing growth and ensuring the needs of the future generations.
Ambassador Nasser added that this vision preserves the plans for the environment and human beings and constitutes the Supreme Islamic values and strong family ties.
“Our means to achieve these aspirations is to mobilise and direct our collective energy because the State of Qatar focuses on the wellbeing of its children and the generations to come by using the available resources thoughtfully and rationally.”
He said they would always ensure that Qatari citizens actively participate in the economy, social and political life of the country, and increase investment in world-class infrastructure, in order to build a dynamic and diversified economy in which the private sector would have a permanent role.
This requires continuity to develop government agencies to increase their efficiencies and achieve greater transparency and accountability, Ambassador Nasser went on.
Ambassador Nasser further stated that the National Day of the State of Qatar is a day set aside to commemorate how their national unity was achieved, and how they have become a distinct nation.
In her remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neneh Macdouall Gaye, said the Republic of The Gambia considers the State of Qatar as strategic development partner.
She said the excision of power on 18 December 1878 is an important milestone in the State of Qatar.
The Government and people of the State of Qatar would continue to give a helping hand to the development of The Gambia, he said, adding that the two countries have successfully cooperated in such areas as transport, trade, economy and education sectors.