May 5, 2017, 10:36 AM
The bilateral relationship between The Gambia and Republic of China (
Unequivocally, The Gambia and
This is manifested in the numerous forms of support being rendered to The Gambia by the Taiwanese government over the years.
The ROC has been one of the key donors to The Gambia, since resumption of diplomatic ties in 1995, in vital areas of our economy such as agriculture, health, education, defence, infrastructure development and information technology.
The permanent Taiwanese Technical Mission stationed in Sapu is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture to boost the country’s food self-sufficiency drive. The mission, which also provides some of our local farmers with fertilizers, power tillers and seed nuts, is predicting a bumper harvest of rice this year.
In the area of health, Taiwan continues to support the sector with annual grant of $600,000 to Gambia’s health sector, provides equipment to health facilities, sends in mobile medical teams to provide free medical care to Gambians on a regular basis, and also has some health volunteers working at the RVTH, the country’s main referral hospital.
With regard to education, currently there are about 200 Gambian students studying at various universities and colleges in Taiwan, thanks to the generosity of the Taiwanese government.
As many as 100 others have already graduated from Taiwanese universities, and are now working for the
Annually, the ROC embassy also provides a $6000 scholarship package to the
An annual US$700,000 donation to the President’s Empowerment of Girls Education Project (PEGEP) has been forthcoming, and the list goes on.
The construction of Sifoe and Moyock senior secondary schools by the Taiwanese government also provides more Gambian students access to high school education in the West Coast Region.
On information technology, the donation of computers and ICT accessories to the National Assembly and other government departments is a boost to our
Most important, also, is
Furthermore, the donation of patrol boats to the Gambia Navy and training of our military officers in military academies in
With these and many other interventions from
On the other hand, The Gambia has also been very supportive of
In fact, The Gambia’s chief diplomat has reassured
The Government of The Gambia has also been relentless in its call for a just treatment of the case of
Just recently, in the course of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in
With this kind of partnership, one can conclude that the two countries are indeed partners in progress.
However, we want to observe that the relationship could have been even much better and beneficial, if it goes beyond government level support.
We want to see
Also, we are calling for more private sector investment in the country’s economy by Taiwanese businessmen.