The World Bank Thursday provided US$609,000 for capacity building to enhance the work of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly in Banjul.
Ismaila Ceesay, who works for the World Bank as a financial specialist, said The Gambia participated in a conference held in Togo, and the presentation on the work of the PAC/PEC was well-received.
“We actually observed that during the conference, The Gambia stood out as number one within the sub-region.” He added that based on that, it was found necessary to support The Gambia to achieve additional results by strengthening the capacity of the PAC/PEC. Mr Ceesay further disclosed that the institutional development grant to the Assembly was the biggest ever disbursed for such projects.
Hon Abdoulie Bojang, the Speaker of the National Assembly, in response spoke of “this enormous recognition from the World Bank; so we want to thank profoundly the World Bank for their support.”
The majority leader and member for Serekunda East Constituency, Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta declared: “We are convinced that this assistance would add value to our oversight functions.”
The minister of Trade, Abdou Kolley, attended the presentation ceremony, and said the work of the PAC/PEC was vital and needed support to strengthen its capacity.
He thanked the World Bank for the assistance.