Feb 5, 2010, 8:37 PM
The ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan on Friday presented to the Gambia government a cheque for D5.2 million to meet the residential scholarship of seven Gambian doctors pursuing a three-year course in Ghana.
Presenting the cheque to the secretary to cabinet at State House, Richard Shih, Taiwan's ambassador to The Gambia, said he was pleased to make the presentation on behalf of his government.
He reaffirmed his government's continued support to The Gambia."This is a commitment of my country - the Republic of China on Taiwan - to work closely with the government and people of The Gambia for the health and welfare of the people of The Gambia," ambassador Shih says "We are happy to have many very intelligent students, especially from The Gambia medical school, studying in Taiwan."
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the government, Ebrima Camara, secretary to cabinet, thanked the government of Taiwan for the donation.
Mr Camara described the gesture as another manifestation of the cordial ties between the two countries.
"The health sector of any nation is vital and the heath sector's strengthening initiatives which critically include manpower development and training are a very critical component," he says.
Mr Camara assured the Taiwanese envoy of the government's resolve in standing by Taiwan for her to gain more recognition at the international arena.
He used the occasion to highlight the island nation’s contribution to global peace and development.