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Youth forum discusses Taiwan-Gambia ties

Jul 17, 2012, 1:40 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

A daylong youth forum on Gambia-Taiwan ties was on Saturday held at the Banjul City Council.

The forum, organised by the Youth in Development Organisation (YIDO), brought together representatives of various youth groups in Banjul as well as YIDO members.

In his welcoming remarks, Sambujang Drammeh, chairperson of YIDO and a member of the organising committee, applauded the cordial bilateral ties between The Gambia and Taiwan.

According to him, the objective of the forum was to teach young people about the existing cultural, political and economic ties between The Gambia and Taiwan and to expose students to various educational opportunities in Taiwan.

He said his organisation had realised and acknowledged the contribution of Taiwan to the socio-economic development of The Gambia something, he said, should be well appreciated and known by the young people.

He also thanked the Taiwanese embassy in Banjul for supporting the association for the successful hosting of the event.

Declaring the forum officially open, Dawda Jones, public relations officer of Banjul City Council, in deputising the mayor of Banjul, commended the youth organisation for the initiative.

He assured them of the council’s continued support while urging them to share the knowledge acquired from the forum.

Mr Jones also praised the government and people of Taiwan for supporting The Gambia’s development programmes.

Bun Sanneh, chairperson of the National Sports Council, advised the youths at the event to remain focused and keep playing their parts to national development.

He told the gathering that as Gambian youths they should be very grateful for the various opportunities being placed at their disposal by government and development partners.

The ceremony was chaired by Sailu Bah, secretary general of YIDO, who reaffirmed their commitment in complementing government’s efforts in nation building.

Speakers at the conference included Adama Ceesay, a former Taiwan student and a senior human recourses manager at GAMPOST, and Nfamara Jawneh, a youth activist and Taiwan Study Tour Alumni.

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