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Voith introduces efficient asset and workforce management software for the hydropower industry
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
  • OnCare.Asset offers reliable planning and monitoring of asset and workforce data
  • Plant operators significantly reduce administrative effort as well as maintenance and operating costs with the software
  • Holistic system provider approach by Voith offers high consistency and extensible app-based modules

HEIDENHEIM, Germany. Voith’s asset and workforce management software OnCare.Asset is now available for the hydropower industry. The app-based software solution enables customers to efficiently track and store their asset and workforce data. The application is backed by Voith’s high expertise resulting from decades of technical experience in the hydropower market and deep domain know-how, including the evaluation and interpretation of technical and digital data.

Reliable planning and monitoring of asset and workforce data
OnCare.Asset facilitates the maintenance management of hydropower plants – from planning, servicing and documentation through cost control to spare parts management. The service and software solution offers reliable planning and monitoring of key performance indicators and ultimately secures the timely initiation of maintenance activities. The software application was developed by maintenance specialists and offers an easy-to-operate user interface, clear functions and a high usability.

Reduction of administrative effort and maintenance costs 
Lack of maintenance data and data transparency can lead to inefficient maintenance processes, extensive administrative efforts and diminishing availability of hydropower plants. The asset and workforce management software from Voith enables customers to collect and process data in a centralized software solution whereby high administrative efforts are avoided, and data transparency is secured. “With OnCare.Asset, customers achieve a high level of system availability while substantially reducing maintenance and operating costs. When introducing intelligent digital solutions including an asset management software like OnCare.Asset, plant operators can reduce maintenance costs by at least 10 percent,” states Felix Lippold, Global Product Manager Voith Hydro.

Software based on IIoT platform OnCumulus
OnCare.Asset is based on Voith’s IIoT platform OnCumulus. Hence it can easily connect with other applications on the platform, such as OnCare.Acoustic or OnCare.Health Hydro. The digital service and software portfolio from Voith aims to provide hydropower plant operators with intelligent solutions that help them to master the challenges they are facing to-day. Voith’s IIot platform OnCumulus is based on open-source and highly standardized technologies and provides fast, reliable and secure access to data from local machines and systems in the cloud, as well as fast provisioning for value creation. The platform is scalable, flexible and extensible at any time.

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About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide, and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

Voith Hydro Division is part of the Voith Group and a leading full-line sup-plier and reliable partner for hydropower plant equipment. Voith develops customized long-term solutions and services for large and small hydro-power plants all over the world. Its range of products and services covers the entire life cycle and all the main components for large and small hydro-power plants, from generators, turbines, pumps and automation systems to spare parts, maintenance and training services and digital solutions for intelligent hydropower.

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Gambian Chief Justice Gets Nomination from ECOWAS Group
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

CJ Hassan Jallow

CJ Hassan Jallow

Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Chief Justice of The Gambia has been nominated by the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to represent the West Africa Region in the African Union Panel of EminentAfricans to oversee the pre-selection of the candidates of the senior leadership of the African Union Commission.

In a press release from the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia is pleased to inform the general public that Honourable Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Chief Justice of The Gambia has been nominated by the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to represent the West Africa Region in the African Union Panel of EminentAfricans to oversee the pre-selection of the candidates of the senior leadership of the African Union Commission.

The candidates to be pre-selected will be competing to become the next Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the African Union Commission during the elections to be held in 2021 when the terms of the current office holders have elapsed.

The other Panel members are also individuals with distinguished career track records and international standings from the Central, East, North and South Regions of the African Union. They will also coordinate all the technical processes that will lead to the pre-selection of the best candidates to be appointed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union as the next Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the African Union Commission.

The African Union Panel of Eminent Africans was created through Decision Ext/Assembly/AU/Dec.1(XI) of the 11th Extraordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union held from 17th to 18th November, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Panel is part of the comprehensive reform package being implemented to ensure that the Africans with the right administrative and technical competences are appointed to leadership positions at the African Union Commission and the other Organs of the African Union.

The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad and the entire Foreign Service of The Gambia congratulate Honourable Justice Jallow on his nomination as a member of the African Union Panel of Eminent Africans on the pre-selection of the candidates to vie to become the next Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the African Union Commission.

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Gambia’s Afro-Reggae Singer Bala Rank Set for Debut European Tour
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

 Bala Ranks, one of Gambia’s finest Afro-reggae artiste has arrived in Germany ready for the first time European tour on 19th July, 2019 at Hamburg City. To be back by DJ King Buntallo during the tour.

 The Resistant European tour is organised by his label Mansa Jali Movement StandTall Promotions, where he will have shows in Germany, Italy, and Austria. Balla, also known as the Evil Hunter will record his next afro manding reggae album.

 On Monday, Bala said that: “Giving thanks to the Almighty Allah for the blessing, I arrived safely in Germany. The tour is on! Looking forward to see you all in my coming events. More love and blessings to all”

 Bala ranks is well known as Gambian afro Manding reggae artist he is pushing his music to the higher level by working with international producers and promoters around the world.

 Marshal Telisman, Bala Ranks manager urged all Gambians to do their bookings and come in their large numbers to supports Gambian music.

 “We want to reach out to wider audience and collaborate with different music guru around Europe by spreading positivity and entertain the people through the language of music,” Marshal Glasgow based Gambian promoter said.

 About Bala Ranks

Born on 26 July 1980, Musa Kuyateh, popularly known as Bala Ranks is a Gambian Afro- reggae artist born in a family of griots. His family has a number of singers and players of music instruments such as kora, balafong and some African instruments. His father was a renowned kora player and his mother was a singer.

At the age of 11, he began to learn how to play kora, but his father encouraged him to start learning religion at a local Arabic school. After completing his studies, he taught himself how to play kora because his father was too old to teach him anything.

In 2002, he moved Banjul and opened a carpentry workshop with his brothers. In 2005, he released two singles entitled ‘Am Not a Full’ and ‘Work Hard’. The songs were a hit and his fan base grew.

In 2006, he released two more singles titled ‘Allah Muta’, ‘Voice of The Children’ and two video clips namely ‘Am Not a Full’ and ‘Allah Muta’.

In 2008, he was part of the 30 young Gambian artists who were selected in a music competition called Gamcel Chart Busters. He was the first runner-up of the competition.

In 2009, he released two hits tracks called ‘Amako’ and ‘Badinyaa’. The songs were a national success and earned him a house hold name in the country’s music industry. In 2011, he released his debut album titled ‘E-Mira’.

The project features nine tracks such as ‘Allah Muta’, ‘Amakoyi’, ‘Badinyaa’, ‘Kafunyo’, ‘Kanay Dankong’ among others. In 2014, he released a second ten track album titled ‘My Home Land’.

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Nigeria: Obasanjo want an end to killings, banditry by Fulani Herdsmen
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Teslim Olawore

Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has joined other dignitaries in Nigeria to commiserate the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, by herdsmen.

Obasanjo in a commiseration letter to the bereaved family lamented the incessant kidnap and killings by herdsmen in the country.

He urge the government and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the country’s increasing level of insecurity.

The ex-President in his words said, “I received, today, the tragic news of the death of your beloved daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, who was killed by some suspected Fulani herdsmen.

“This is a worrisome development in our polity, especially at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics. I must say Nigeria as a whole is diminished by the manner of Funke’s death.

“As you mourn the tragic loss of our very dear Funke, please be assured of the sympathy and profound sorrow of many others like me who are saddened by the manner of her demise, especially as she still had a lot to contribute to the nation and her family to which she was highly devoted.”

He called on all security agencies and government at all levels to leave no stone unturned in finding and prosecuting the killers.

“We deplore this dastardly act and seize this opportunity to call on governments at all levels to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that our security agents vigorously pursue and find the perpetrators of such heinous crime and make them face the full weight of the law.

“We must, together, find solution to all acts of insecurity in the country, particularly acts of banditry, kidnapping, robbery and killing by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.”

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Oil Executives Join African Energy Chamber in visit to the Famous Slave Hub of Goree Island, Senegal
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Kenya to host first purchasing and supply summit
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Kenya will host the next International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) summit.

The four day event will run from September 10 to 13 in the Kenya’s second capital city, Mombasa. 250, 000 delegates across the global are expected to attend.

The summit will impart knowledge on participants on how to advance performance of both individual practitioners and organisations within the supply chains.

It is also set to help Kenya on how to develop procurement and supply chain at a global level during the event that will take place in Africa for the first time.

The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management, a national body for professionals in the practice of procurement and supplies management, the host, is already preparing for the historic event.

IFPSM is a global body of institutions engaged in procurement and supply chain management. It has 45 member countries with four being African.



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Nigeria: Osinbajo tells soldiers to put loyalty to defending Nigeria
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Teslim Olawore

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday told new officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) that the job they have chosen requires them to defend the territorial integrity of the country and to put their lives on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of the citizens.

He made the call while commissioning 187 new officers into the Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday, at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna.

He said, “As you already know, this profession you have chosen requires absolute discipline, loyalty, and hard work. It is much more than just securing a job, or earning a salary; and more than just getting the chance to wear a coveted uniform or wield coveted weapons. This is the ultimate form of civic service to defend the territorial integrity of your country and to put your life on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of your countrymen and women. There is no nobler occupation than this one you have chosen.

“You are passing out at a time when our nation is grappling with an insurgency in the Northeast, and the challenges of kidnapping and armed banditry in other parts of the country. You will, therefore, have come to terms with the fact that the days and weeks and months ahead of you will be extremely busy, as you fulfil your responsibilities to the military and the nation.

“While the armed forces have effectively contained the territorial ambitions of the Boko Haram terrorists by substantially degrading their capacity to attack and wreak havoc – they remain intent on shedding blood and sowing fear. There is also the threat of the Islamic State of West Africa Province ISWAP in the Lake Chad Islands and part of Southern Borno.

“Also, more often these days these insurgents are focusing on soft targets, opportunistic attacks on isolated military units, as well as on increasingly sophisticated propaganda aimed at making them out to be more organized and lethal than they really are.

“This ever-increasing reliance on propaganda is a reminder that this is not only a ‘battleground’ war; it is just as much an information-and-narrative war. Winning hearts and minds has always been important in military warfare; it is even more so in a century defined by information and communication technologies.

“As 21st-century military officers, how you project your strength and confidence to your enemies and the world, especially using social and digital media tools, is as important as the sophistication of the conventional arms and ammunition that you wield.

“But to do so effectively also means that you must take the time and trouble to fully understand the nature of the threats that confront us, the narratives and philosophies that underlie those threats.

“This initiative involves the recruitment and training of policemen in each local government and ensuring that such new policemen remain in their local governments working with local and traditional authorities to maintain peace and security.

“As the President has said, Security is a 24-hour occupation involving continuous investments in strategy and innovation. We will continue to take all necessary measures to tackle all forms of criminality across the country and to safeguard lives and property of all Nigerians.

“The Nigerian Air Force will, as part of the Armed Forces, continued to be at the forefront of our national security interventions. I note in particular the extremely successful digitally accurate bombings of terrorist hideouts In April the destruction of Boko Haram mechanic workshop in Borno

“In May, the airstrikes on Tumbun Hamma on the fringes of Lake Chad, inflicting heavy casualties on ISWAP forces under Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE In June airstrikes on Sambisa Forest further eliminating insurgents

“It is particularly commendable that you are adopting measures to ensure that the resources available to you are used judiciously; in a manner that delivers optimal results and maximum value for money.

“This nation is great and can only become greater. We are Africa’s largest economy by GDP – states of Nigeria have larger economies than many African states. We have become the last frontier for major economic growth.

“We are the world’s largest growers of Cassava and yams, we are top 5 in the world in sorghum, millet,we are approaching self-sufficiency in paddy rice production. Our potential in Technology and entertainment has been attracting huge attention.

“First is the market, at 174 million GSM phones we are top ten telephone users in the world, and we have the highest percentage of people who use the internet on their phones in the world, we are also number 2 in mobile internet banking in the world, 17 million Nigerians are on Facebook.

“Microsoft has announced that it will establish a 100 million dollar African Develop Centre in Nigeria. We are already building our own drones. But not only are we building drones, but we are also making spare parts for our aircraft. We are also manufacturing armoured personnel carriers and all sorts of different military platforms.

“All of these are things that Nigerians are doing in this country. Just last week, we saw, at the Army Day, sophisticated minesweepers that are manufactured in this country. In a few short years, this country will be, by far, the greatest military force in Africa and certainly the most developed economy in Africa.

“All of these have been built on the sacrifices of many in blood and sweat, especially men and women of the armed forces. What will undermine our efforts now and in the future is disunity? All of those who are preaching narratives of divisions along ethnic and religious lines. We must resist all who try to destroy our present gains and in particular our future.

“The future of our country is bright, all we need to do is to keep the focus not to allow any to preach any division amongst us. If we remain stable and united, everything that we desire for our great country will be ours.” He said.

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Gambia: Nigerian Lawyer Urges TRRC Investigate 2005 West African ‘Killed’ in Gambia
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay



Femi Falana, Nigerian human rights lawyer, has petitioned the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) to investigate and unearth the truth about the alleged killing of 50 West African migrants in Gambia in 2005.

The veteran lawyer and advocate has also petitioned the Truth Commission to unearth the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh. Manneh was working for the Daily Observer newspaper who disappeared in the country in July 2006 following his arrest by “state operatives”.

Femi is one of the leading human rights lawyers in the region. He has represented Gambia Press Union in the cases of disappeared journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh and Musa Saidykhan, a victim of torture, at the regional ECOWAS Court of Justice.

Both cases were a success and Gambia Government was ordered to pay a fine of US$100, 000 to the family of Chief Manneh and US$200, 000 dollars to Saidykhan.

The administration of President Adama Barrow has paid the court fines in Manneh’s case and are currently negotiating with Saidykhan.

“I have two petitions before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission in respect to the disappearance or unlawful execution of Mr Ebrima Manneh and the massacre of 50 migrants including 9 Nigerians… These were young men who were going to Europe,” he told journalists on 10 July, 2019 during a two days training organized for lawyers and judges on campaign for freedom of expression, where he served as a facilitator.

The Union has started a coalition of Gambian professionals including lawyers and judges to back the campaign geared towards strengthening freedom of expression in the country. however Femi is also an honored guest of the Gambia Press Union annual national journalism awards which is slated for Friday, July 12.

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July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Guests to Engage in Yoga Renewal and Cultural Exchange

  • Sababu Safaris Yoga & Healing Retreat to be held November 9-16, 2019
  • Guests contribute to social projects while on retreat
  • Professional yoga instruction

New York, NY – July 9, 2019 — Today, Sababu Safaris, a boutique safari company that customizes the African experience for travelers to Tanzania, is pleased to announce that it is offering a Yoga & Safari Healing Retreat in Tanzania, November 9-16, 2019. In addition, it has just added private yoga safari retreats upon request. The retreats include daily yoga sessions and meditation.
At the same time, guests will explore the country’s breathtaking lands and wildlife, and immerse themselves in all manner of local culture in a purposeful way, which ranges from time at a school to giving the gift of light to remote villages. This special combination of personal yoga and social giving is an expression of the fundamental philosophy of Sababu Safaris—traveling in an intentional and meaningful way can transform lives and create lasting change in the world.
“In a world seeking connections but pressured for time, finding the space to connect with oneself at a yoga and safari healing retreat can create lasting bonds across continents,” said Denise Brown, co-founder of Sababu Safaris. “Tanzania is a truly special refuge for mindfulness and deep reflection.”
Both group and individual retreats will be led by Tanzanian resident and professional yoga teacher Marissa Lipovsky. The practice of yoga in Tanzania’s Great Plains is an immersive experience. Daily practices are aimed at expanding awareness, awakening one’s true nature, and thus healing wounds. Meals are cultivated from the fertile land of the Kilimanjaro region. Time is also taken away from yoga to mindfully engage with the community—not consuming their culture—but learning deeply what it means to live there.
“We will experience travel in a completely different way,” said Lipovsky. “We will do so from a fully embodied perspective as our reflective practices will clear the lens through which we see the world and ourselves. It will bring visitors to a place of true understanding, a deep peace with which they can return to their home countries.”
Sababu Safaris’ wellness adventures embed the wisdom of the Maasai elders whose lineage includes some of the region’s most important healing traditions. The Maasai have a deep and cultural knowledge of natural medicines and remedies and will show participants how herbs are prepared and administered.
For media interviews and additional information, contact:
  • Denise Brown, Co-Founder,, (914) 207-4426
  • Linda Purpura, Publicist,, (646) 470-1690
  • About Us
    Sababu Safaris is an owner-run boutique safari operator committed to creating unique journeys to Tanzania that change hearts and minds, and leave a long-lasting impact on both guests and local communities alike. The company even gives guests the opportunity to make a difference themselves. All safari itineraries are crafted and tailored to the guests’ individual travel style, preferences and interests. Their all-inclusive, private, transformational luxury safaris take guests deep into the isolated wilderness and connect them with the people that call Tanzania home.
    For more information about Sababu Safaris’ group and individual Yoga & Safari retreats, visit
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Saudi Ambassador Presents Credential to President Barrow
July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

 President Adama Barrow on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 received the Letter of Credence of the new Saudi Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to The Gambia, H.E Aldosary Fahad at the State House.

President Barrow said: “The relationship between The Gambia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is stronger than it could ever be throughout the history of the two countries. I am optimistic that Saudi Arabia will continue to stand with The Gambia, especially in hosting the 2022 Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Banjul.”

Saudi Arabia already provided $92.5Million financing to supporting the efforts of The Gambia towards the successful hosting of this summit. The President explained the seriousness his government attaches to the projects, which will provide roads, improve water and electricity supplies, building of a new VVIP complex and support the building of hotel in preparations for the Summit in Banjul.

Ambassador Fahad as the representative of the King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Holy Mosque to The Gambia, also pledged to work towards strengthening the cooperation and relations between Riyadh and Banjul to the anticipated vision of the two leaders.

The Ambassador said Saudi Arabia is committed to continue standing with The Gambia in supporting its development aspirations. The two countries share long history of fraternal relations.

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Amidst Criticism: Gambia’s TRRC Assures all Victims of Justice
July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Dr. Lamin J. Sise, chairperson of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission

Dr. Lamin J. Sise, chairperson of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission

Dr. Lamin J. Sise, chairperson of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) has reassured all victims and their families that the TRRC values their contribution to their work and that they will do everything in their power to ensure that they all get the justice, healing and the reparations they deserve.

Recently opposition Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) heavily critize the TRRC citing lots of irregularities. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, Interim leader told journalists that looking at the questioning style of TRRC, lots of contradictions, and the presence of Alagie Barrow, who was found guilty of treason so on the ground as a party they don’t have any confidence in the TRRC.

However, during the sixth session of hearings on 8 July, 2019, Sise has stressed that the TRRC remains committed to fulfilling its mandate to assist The Gambia on this difficult path to justice, healing, and reconciliation.

 “The TRRC cannot do this without the support and encouragement of the general public, and so as always, we continue to crave the public’s continued support, understanding and prayers,” he said.

He explained that as they embark upon this sixth session, they expect to hear testimonies on the suppression of the freedom of the press and the related human rights violations involving the media and individual journalists.

He added that: “We will also hear testimonies from persons adversely mentioned in previous hearings. We remain grateful to all witnesses who have so far testified before the Commission. We are especially grateful to those courageous and dignified women who, despite the odds, were able to share their painful experiences with the Commission and the general public”

 Sise, veteran UN official pointed out that: “In testifying before the Commission, these brave women not only educated us on their own personal plights, but also on the plights of their innocent families devastated by acts of lawlessness, wrongful detention, and state bullying of citizens which should never happen in any civilized society,”

 “We hope that many more witnesses will come forward and assist the Commission in carrying out its mandate to create an impartial record of human rights violations and abuses during the period July 1994 – January 2017,”

 Sise noted that: “We are pleased to note that Gambians and friends of The Gambia across the board have taken ownership of the TRRC process, and that many are stepping forward to offer much-needed support and solace to the victims of human rights violations and their families”

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Gambia:India’s President to visit Banjul
July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Indian delegation with President Barrow

Indian delegation with President Barrow

The President of India, His Excellency, Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to visit Banjul end of July 2019. This was revealed by the Indian Ambassador to The Gambia, Mr. Rajeev Kumar after an audience with President Barrow on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 at State House.

This is the single most high profile visit by Indian Head of State to The Gambia and other West African countries. The visit is motivated by what the Ambassador described as “excellent commercial and bilateral relations between the two countries. India and The Gambia, as members of The Commonwealth share a long history of bilateral relations dating back to the colonial days.

“The visit shows the importance attached to his country’s relations with The Gambia. India is the largest democracy in the world and The Gambia is the youngest democracy. This relation could not have been any better,” the diplomat explained.

Trade between the two countries is close to $190million annually. The Gambia enjoys strong presence of Indian companies. A major infrastructural contribution of India to The Gambia is the construction of the National Assembly building in Banjul by an Indian company that was financed through a line of credit from an Indian bank.

The capacity building programme also constitutes an important element of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Mr. Kumar told press corps that many Gambians go for higher education in India, including government officials.

“Recently, 25 permanent secretaries went for studies at India’s Good Governance Centre in Mussoorie.  Last year, 20 diplomats from the Foreign Ministry also went for one month training program,” he added, noting that the visit will avail an opportunity for both governments to further solidify cooperation for their mutual benefits.

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