Gambia to host Diaspora roundtable conference

Director Musa Camara of the Migration and Diaspora Directorate

The Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad will organize the maiden diaspora roundtable conference on Wednesday 10 November 2021 at Sir Dawda Jawara International Conference Centre at 9am, the Foreign Ministry has announced.

Cognisant of this, the Diaspora and Migration Directorate of the Foreign Ministry headed by Director Mr. Musa Camara has organised a diaspora roundtable conference with the Gambian diaspora to discuss key thematic areas relevant to the country’s short-term and long-term development objectives.

The Foreign Ministry observes that Gambian nationals living outside the country have immense potential to contribute towards the national development aspirations of The Gambia. In 2020, remittances from Gambians living abroad constitute 48% of the GDP ($589.81 million). Currently, The Gambia is among the 15 countries with the highest number of educated migrants.

The conference is expected to bring together Gambian diaspora and various government agencies or institutions to establish a network meant to discuss ways and means of harnessing the potential and talent of Gambians in the diaspora with a view to facilitating their participation and their full contributions towards the socio-economic development of the country. The media, as a fourth estate and stakeholder is equally invited to participate at the conference.

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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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