NAMs endorse establishment of DCAF in Gambia

Mar 16, 2021, 11:20 AM | Article By: Adama Tine

Legislators of the National Assembly members yesterday approved the introduction of DCAF Security Agency in The Gambia.

Tabling the motion before deputies on Monday, the minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mamadou Tangara, revealed that the Geneva Centre for security sector governance, referred to as DCAF is a leading centre of excellence in justice and security sector governance.

He said DCAF is dedicated to improving human and state security through the strengthening of democratic governance, rule of law and respect for human rights by supporting states and societies to improve security sector governance by assisting international actors.

According to him, by ratifying the agreement between the government of The Gambia and DCAF, the government commits to DCAF programme in The Gambia, which seeks to contribute to meaningful security sector reform and greater accountability leading to improved peace and security for the Gambian population.

The implementation of the project, he said, supports the security sector reform process in The Gambia.

“Following the election of President Barrow in December 2016, the newly elected government launched a series of inclusive reform as part of the government’s wider reform agenda to uphold the highest standards of democracy, good governance and rule of law. This includes the development of the national development plan 2018-2021 and the launch of a transitional justice process,” Minister Tangara stated.

He added that the establishment of DCAF in The Gambia is aimed at supporting the global architecture of the security sector reform process.

He pointed out that the project will support the government of The Gambia in establishing a structure dedicated to fostering information sharing and coordination among international stakeholders around their respective engagements and interventions.