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Taiwan boost to the NA

Jan 31, 2011, 12:42 PM

National Assembly Members will have no cause to complain for computers for a very long time thanks to the generous support rendered to the Assembly by Taiwan.

It would be recalled that last week the Speaker of the Taiwan's Legislative Yuan (National Assembly) donated 60 new laptop computers to the Gambia National Assembly (NA).

With these new laptops, NA members can now comfortably work on their papers at home ahead of sittings. Going by the words of the majority leader Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the donation was indeed "timely and worthy".

In this era of technology it is prudent for National Assembly members to be well experienced and highly conversant with information technology. With the new laptops they are therefore expected to make more efforts in improving their ICT competence. In fact, providing members with laptop computers was long overdue.

The 60 laptops donated by Taiwan would no doubt boost the relations between the two National Assemblies and, by extension, Taiwan and The Gambia. We have no doubt that the beneficiaries will take proper care of the laptops and make good use of them to serve the nation well.

We wish to join our National Assembly members in thanking the Government and people of Taiwan for the gesture.

We also say bravo to the government of Taiwan through its embassy in Banjul for not only donating the computers but for also bringing an ICT specialist from Taiwan to boost the IT skills of parliamentarians.

The Gambian National Assembly has been championing the cause of Taiwan to have more space in the international arena, and supporting the National Assembly in this magnitude is highly welcome, since one good turn deserves another.