May 23, 2013, 10:34 AM
Minister of Presidential Affairs, Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service, Hon. Momodou Sabally, on behalf of the Government of The Gambia, on 26 August2013, received from H.E. Samuel Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), a sponsorship of US$465,892 donated by the government of Taiwan, ROC.
The project seeks to assist the Gambia government to provide stipend and tuition fees for 5 Gambian officers and 1 civilian to study Aeronautical Engineering and maintenance skills, from 17 to 21 months, at Spartan College of Aeronautics, USA.
It will also assist The Gambia to develop regional aviation and promote Gambian economic prosperity.
Presenting the cheque, Ambassador Chen said the know-how and skills acquisition of aeronautical engineering is very important in the management of aviation security, as well as maintenance of the aviation safety of aircraft.
He expressed delight about The Gambia’s dedication to developing a safer and more secure environment for regional aviation.
“I hope that this donation will help to empower Gambia Air Force team to develop The Gambia and regional aviation security,” he said.
He expressed hope that the bilateral relations between The Gambia and Taiwan will continue to go from strength to strength.
Receiving the cheque, Hon. Momodou Sabally thanked the government and people of Taiwan for their willingness to support The Gambia, especially in the development of the aviation safety and security sector.
“We recognize their role in partnering with The Gambia through our development phase,” he said, adding that the development of the human resource brings about general and nationwide development.
The project, according to him, is President Jammeh’s idea in providing an environment conducive for The Gambia’s aviation development.
Minister Sabally then assured Taiwan through the Ambassador, of The Gambia’s stanch support.