US injects $25 million into Gambia’s energy sector

Ambassador Fadera with US Officials

BANJUL, 19 November, 2021: In a bid to increase the access rate of electricity supply throughout the country, The Gambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, His Excellency Dawda Docka Fadera, led negotiation efforts that culminated into the signing of a grant amounting to $25 million electricity supply project for The Gambia.

The project was signed between the Government of The Gambia and the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Board of Directors of the Government of the United States on Tuesday 16 November 2021 in Washington D.C.

The programme comprised of two areas: First, a governance reform project which aims to develop a more effective, accountable and transparent power sector governance in The Gambia; and second, operational project which seeks to improve NAWEC’s capability to operate The Gambia’s Power System in a manner that reduces the frequency and duration of outages.

Speaking at the ceremony in Washington D.C, The Gambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, His Excellency Dawda Docka Fadera, commended the Government and people of the United States of America for supporting the implementation of what he described as policy reforms crucial in tackling constraints that impede economic growth in The Gambia. Ambassador Fadera observed that the assistance comes at a time when the Government of The Gambia is working strenuously to meet the Universal Access to electricity by 2025.

Addressing the occasion from Banjul through a video conferencing, the US Ambassador to The Gambia, His Excellency Richard C. Paschall, thanked Ambassador Fadera and described him as a great ally who has been working with the US to deepen and broaden ties between the two countries. Ambassador Paschall used the opportunity to assure the Gambian delegation that the US would remain a firm and steadfast friend of The Gambia.

The occasion was graced by the Honourable Ministers of Petroleum and Energy and Finance and Economic Affairs, Honourable Fafa Sanyang and Honourable Mambury Njie respectively.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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