Picture: Mr. Musa Camara, Director Diaspora and Migration Directorate

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration will on Thursday 21 October launch the maiden diaspora website and data portal at a ceremony at Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre in Bijilo at 9am prompt.

In September 2017, the President Adama Barrow delivered a Diaspora Policy Statement, which highlighted key commitments including the expansion, enhancement and optimisation of the role of the Gambian diaspora in national development as valued partners.

Pursuant to this statement, the role of the Gambian diaspora was prominently prescribed in the National Development Plan (2018-21) as a critical enabler. Consequently, The Gambia Diaspora Directorate was established at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad to serve as a catalyst and a service delivery department in harnessing the potentials of Gambians in the diaspora.

Thus, the Diaspora Directorate is mandated to facilitate a structured and optimal interface between government and Gambians in the diaspora in facilitating diaspora investment, creating a diaspora development fund, promoting both circular and labor migration and mainstreaming diaspora expertise in the socio-economic development of The Gambia.

One of the tools designed to achieve the foregoing is the diaspora website and data portal supported by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

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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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