Meeting with CEO of Young American Professional Organisation

The Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the Embassy of The Gambia in Washington DC, Mr. Mustapha Sosseh, on Tuesday 17 May 2022 received the Chief Executive Officer of Young American Professionals (things to do experiences for young professionals), Mr. Gregory Bland at the Embassy.

Young American Professional organization is an organization of young professionals in Washington DC. It consists of Lawyers, Teachers, Engineers, Actors, Mechanics, Architects, Electricians, and Accountants amongst others. 

The organization’s CEO Mr. Bland was at the Embassy to finalize discussions on the need to invite Young American Professionals to the Embassy in a bid to expose them to The Gambia on all fronts.

During the meeting, Mr. Bland thanked the Embassy for opening its doors to his organization. He used the opportunity to inform Embassy officials that his organization was impressed with the Embassy’s performance at the 15 Annual Washington DC Cultural Exhibition which took place on 7 May 2022. It was Gambia’s maiden participation.

“From that experience, we still feel there is a lot more than our young professionals can learn about the Gambian culture and tradition because it is where the Roots originate,” Mr. Bland remarked.

He explained that his organization wants to bring about eighty (80) Young American Professionals to the Embassy to enable them to have a deep understanding of the Gambian culture – food, dance, artifacts, values, historical sites, norms, etc.

He indicated that all expenses in organizing the gathering will be incurred by his organization. The event is scheduled for July. For his part, the Charge d’Affaires ad interim assured Mr. Bland of the Embassy’s collaboration and support. He said the Embassy will invite a Gambian cultural troupe to New York to grace the occasion adding that all the logistics will be put in place to ensure viable hosting of the event at the Embassy premises.

Mr. Bland has presented a book, the content of which chronicled the panoramic view of The Gambia. The engagement was coordinated by the Information and Cultural Affairs Officer, Mr. Saikou Ceesay.

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