BANJUL, 28 September 2021: The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, international Cooperation and Gambians Abroad Dr. Mamadou Tangara, held discussions with the Under-Secretary-General (USG) of the United Nations Department of Peace Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and the Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Operational Support, Mr. Atul Khare, in the margins of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Honourable Minister conveyed The Gambia Government’s appreciation for the support rendered to the Gambian troops and police personnel serving in various peacekeeping missions around the world. Dr. Mamadou Tangara seized the opportunity to inform the two USGs that UN Peacekeeping remains a high priority for our security services and reiterated The Gambia Government’s commitment to increasing its contribution in the various field missions.

The Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, acknowledged The Gambia’s immense contributions to the cause of UN Peacekeeping over the years, noting the presence of the Gambian personnel in nearly all UN missions in Africa. He welcomed The Gambia Government’s plans to increase its numbers in the field and encouraged the finalization of these plans ahead of the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting slated for 7-8 December 2021, in Seoul, Korea.

For his part, the Under-Secretary-General, Mr Atul Khare also congratulated The Gambia Government for its remarkable performance in all its deployments particularly in United Nations African Mission In Darfur (UNAMID), citing the good conduct and professionalism with which Gambian troops delivered on their mandates. He urged the Gambia Government to maintain its contribution as well as to consider innovative ways to partake in the supply chain aspect of UN Peacekeeping.

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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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