Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Momodou Tanagara

Washington, D.C., (Sept. 29, 2021) – The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Board of Directors met today and voted to approve a four-year, $25 million Threshold Program between MCC and the Government of The Gambia.

During its quarterly meeting, MCC’s Board also approved the Fiscal Year 2022 Selection Criteria and Methodology Report and received an update on the status of the MCC Nepal Compact following the recent senior-level MCC visit to the country in early September to advance ratification.

“MCC is pleased to partner with the Government of The Gambia and support building the country’s institutional capacity,” said MCC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Mahmoud Bah. “Through select reforms, the Government of Gambia will develop more effective, accountable, and transparent governance – and improve operations – in the electricity sector.”

In addition to approving the threshold, the Board voted to extend the $450 million MCC-Morocco Employability and Land Compact, which was signed in 2015 and designed to boost Morocco’s economic growth through investment in the land and education sectors. MCC was granted the authority to extend compacts experiencing delays due to COVID-19 in December 2020. The Morocco compact extension will provide an additional $10.5 million in oversight and administrative expenses. In addition to Morocco, MCC’s Board has previously extended and increased the Ghana Power Compact by $7.6 million and the Benin Power Compact by $16 million.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, fighting corruption and respecting democratic rights.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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