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Bijilo, Sir Dawda Kawraba Jawara International Conference Center, 12 November 2021 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of The Gambia have signed a Country Programme (CP) providing a practical guide for UNIDO’s interventions in The Gambia over the next 5-year period.

The Programme is built on established national industrial development priorities and a consolidated international policy framework, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the new UN Sustainable Development Country Framework (UNSDCF) cycle based on the Common Country Assessment (CCA).

The CP is designed “to improve The Gambia’s production and trade capacity by fostering partnerships and supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development”, said Manuel Mattiat, UNIDO Programme Officer, during the signing ceremony. He then highlighted that the CP adopts a strategic cross-cutting approach that focuses on interactions and synergies instead of analyzing sectors in isolation.

The Programme has five components, namely i) supporting the development of value chains and agroindustry, ii) strengthening national quality infrastructure and upgrading enterprises, iii) supporting micro, small and medium enterprises, iv) promoting green industrialization, and v) supporting the development of industrial parks.

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The Programme will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE), the private sector, civil society and UN sister agencies. In order to provide tailor-made, innovative solutions for enhancing the country’s productive and trade capacities, The Government of The Gambia will establish the Country Programme Steering Committee (CP SC), chaired by MOTIE, tasked with effectively translating the government’s leadership and policy decisions into action on the ground.

Hon. Seedy Keita, the Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment said: “The CP ultimately provides The Gambia with a rare opportunity to redefine the industrial landscape through comprehensive diagnostic and transformative intervention approaches on the national value chains in the identified sectors”.

 

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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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