France commits to Gambia’s development ambitions
France is committed, within the framework of the European Union, UN agencies and the Bretton Woods Institutions (Word Bank, IMF) to boosting the development ambitions of the new authorities in The Gambia, a joint statement on Wednesday said at the end of a two-day official visit to Paris by President Adama Barrow..
To this end, French companies met by President Barrow at the offices of the French Business Association (MEDEF) have been encouraged to explore the Gambian market, and introduce their capital and expertise toward the development of the tiny West African country.
French public organizations, especially the French Development Agency (AFD) have expressed willingness to support projects in The Gambia, according to the joint statement.
Both President Francois Hollande and Adama Barrow agreed to promote the Francophonie and to develop the learning of French especially in Gambian schools.
France has also welcomed the decision by the Gambian government to upgrade the Consulate General of The Gambia in Paris as a full-fledged embassy.
Paris and Banjul have also agreed to develop cooperation in the training of Gambian security forces.
Both leader resolved to strengthen ties between the two countries, in a move aimed at bolstering democracy and the rule of law in The Gambia.
A seminar on transitional justice will be hosted at the Alliance Franco-Gambienne in Banjul at a later date to demonstrate through African and foreign examples, the importance of justice and reconciliation processes.
President Hollande has hailed the announcement of reforms in The Gambia particularly regarding justice, human rights and security, and the launch of a justice and reconciliation initiative.
He has also acclaimed President Barrow’s decision to rescind the process for the withdrawal of The Gambia from the International Criminal Court (ICC).