Dr. Tangara with Chinese Ambassador to The Gambia

BANJUL, 6 November 2021: Foreign Minister His Excellency Dr. Mamadou Tangara and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Gambia on Friday 5 Nov. 2021 signed D1.2 billion worth economic and technical cooperation agreement. The signed cooperation agreement is a grant from the Chinese Government meant to cover priority areas critical to Gambia’s economic development. The two countries will unveil the priority areas.

In his remark at the ceremony held at the Chinese Embassy in Bijilo, Foreign Minister Tangara expressed profound gratitude and gratefulness to the Government and people of China, noting that the ceremony was another indication of China’s recognition of its responsibility to advancing the development of states around the world. Dr. Tangara assured the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Gambia, H.E. Ma Jianchun, that The Gambia and its leadership would always respect and adhere to One-China policy.

“The Government of The Gambia will always respect and adhere to One-China policy. We believe as a matter of principle and respect for international law that there is only One-China,” Foreign Minister Tangara posited.

Minister Tangara said as a result of the excellent relations that have developed over the years, The Gambia benefited in areas of education through the provision of scholarships and training programmes, agriculture, economic and trade cooperation through infrastructural development projects, culture, health and utility.

Dr. Tangara renewed The Gambia’s commitment to the principles of equality, mutual benefit and respect to each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty whilst expressing gratitude to China’s continuous solidarity, respect and support to Africa especially during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Tangara used the opportunity to commend Ambassador Ma Jianchun for the steady progress in Gambia – China relations. He observed that Ambassador Ma has been very instrumental in pushing forward the ambition of “Build The New Gambia,” adding that more high quality projects would be initiated under the signed framework agreement.

For his part, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Gambia, His Excellency Ma Jianchun said, the signing of the cooperation agreement was another milestone in strengthening economic and technological cooperation between the Government of the Republic of The Gambia and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Ambassador Ma said China would continue work with The Gambia in further strengthening bilateral cooperation so as to create more opportunities for peoples in both countries.

Mr. Saikou Ceesay, Second Secretary, Asia and Oceanic Affairs Division

The ceremony was attended by the acting Director of Asia and Oceanic Affairs Division, Mrs. Mariam Khan – Jallow and chaired by Mr. Saikou Ceesay, Second Secretary, at the aforementioned Division.

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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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