#National News

Gambia hosts sub-regional cultural meeting

Dec 11, 2020, 12:24 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

The Gambia is playing host to a sub-regional meeting on ECOWAS cultural policy and action plan for 2019-2023.

The Banjul meeting is meant to discuss ECOWAS cultural policy and action plan for the return of African cultural property to their countries of origin.

The meeting that attracted delegates from Congo, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and The Gambia was held at Baobab Holiday Resort in Kololi.

In her opening statement on behalf of the tourism minister, Kodu Jabang-Senghore, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture said the meeting is relevant to development in the ECOWAS space, noting that ECOWAS cultural policy action plan seeks to start or charge cultural and heritage development and value plans for the region.

“This is vital when we talk of culture and heritage in the same lens as science and technology is part of bringing development and regional cooperation,” she said.

The policy action plan, she went on, seek to harness various synergies in the culture and heritage in the ECOWAS space and to add value to identities as people boost tourism thus also creating job opportunities.

PS Jabang maintained that the looting of cultural items found in Western museums is also a great interest as ‘we in The Gambia and all other ECOWAS countries suffered from such illegal movement of heritage objects out of Europe during colonial rule’.

Hassoum Ceesay, director-general, National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) said the meeting is very important for them at the NCAC to have been chosen to host the information session on ECOWAS regional cultural policy.

“Last year, we attended the same meeting in Congo, and when we came back, I was able to see in the research that even The Gambia has dozen of cultural objects of artistic facts in the French museums which came from The Gambia. Other ECOWAS cultural policy is quite important for us because we are in the process of finalising our new cultural policy for The Gambia.”

Dr Raguidissida Emil Zida, head of Division, Culture ECOWAS Mission acknowledged that the adoption of the ECOWAS Cultural Policy came at a crucial time of great challenge for Africa as a whole, especially West African as a region.

“It is also taking place at a time when the role of culture for development has been recognised internationally, but unfortunately is still slow to materialise on our continent.”

Read Other Articles In National News
Muhammad Jah
Gambian-US based urges people to emulate Q-Group CEO in supporting humanity
May 24, 2021, 1:19 PM

Ousman Ndow, a Gambian based in United States of America has called on able Gambians to emulate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Q-Group, Muhammad Jah in providing food aid to needy Gambians particularly during the Holy month of Ramadan.

One Sight donates sanitary materials to visually impaired children
Oct 13, 2020, 1:33 PM

One Sight organization, a non-profitable charity that seeks to empower the lives of visually impaired in the country on Friday donated face marks and sanitary materials to visual impaired children through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education. This comes as the world celebrates World Sight Day under the theme ‘hope inside’.

GIZ
GIZ, partners cleanse Brufut fish landing site
Mar 9, 2021, 11:38 AM

German Development Agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in collaboration with the Fisheries Department, Gamworks and the Community of Brufut under the ECOWAS RSDF pilot project recently conducted a day’s cleansing exercise at the community’s fish landing site.

ANJOFA Netherlands
Kombo East Girls Assembly, ANJOFA train girls and women
Oct 27, 2020, 12:34 PM

Kombo East District Girls Assembly for the Welfare of Girls and Young Women under the umbrella body of KEYCDA in partnership with ANJOFA-Netherlands on Saturday concluded a-day training for young girls and women at Kuloro Skills Center.