Wednesday, February 15, 2017

President Barrow inaugurates Joint Transition Team

President Adama Barrow and his Joint Transition Team

The President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow today, February 15, 2017, inaugurated a ‘Joint Transition Team’ at a ceremony held at his temporal office at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Senegambia.

The Joint Transition team comprises of current and former Ministers and Vice Presidents. The ceremony brought together dignitaries from the UNDP, Transition Expert, Secretary General, Permanent Secretaries, Executive Members of the Coalition 2016, Media and among a host of others.

“As you know, on 19th January, I had the honour to be sworn in as the President of the Republic of the Gambia, reflecting the will of the people expressed in free elections,” President Barrow reminded the gathering as he launches the Joint Transition Team.

“We are assembled here today for an important step on our democratic agenda- the inauguration of a Joint Transition Team.”

Former Prime Minister of Togo to head United Nations rural poverty agency

IFAD President, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo
Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.   
“I have come from the rural world. I have first-hand knowledge of the harshness of this kind of life,”  said Houngbo, who was appointed by IFAD’s member states at the organization’s annual Governing Council meeting.
Houngbo takes up the helm at a time when changing government priorities and the more immediate needs of humanitarian crises – like natural disasters, conflict and refugees – threaten to divert funding away from long-term development.
With growing global demand for food, increased migration to cities and the impact of climate change, investments in agriculture and rural development will be essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of ending poverty and hunger. 

Friday, January 27, 2017


Dear President Barrow,
Welcome. It’s your first day behind the desk and you have an enormous job on your hands.  Former President Yahya Jammeh has finally left the country after a tense stand-off; many of the people who fled in fear of violence last week are returning; businesses reopening; and the whole nation is preparing to listen to what your first moves will be. 

Your Excellency, I’d like you to take a moment to think about that. I’d like you to imagine a little girl standing alongside her parents in the crowd listening to you address the public.  This little girl’s future is now in your hands. 

For the past 22 years, her parents, like all of our citizens, have been forced into silence. They were unable to complain when they could not access basic services such as healthcare or education and saw their rights being derailed by a dictator.  If they did have the courage to speak out they may well have faced arrest, disappearance or torture. This silencing, this fear, this terrible way of operating must stop. Now. 

New network aims to help bridge multi-billion-dollar financing gap in rural areas

Rome, 27 January 2017 – The establishment of a new network to help bridge the estimated US$150 billion financing gap that prevents small rural producers and businesses in developing countries from growing their operations and strengthening rural economies, was announced today.
The announcement, made by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Enrico Morando, Italy’s Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance, came at the end of a three-day international conference in Rome focused on finding new ways to finance rural development.


President Adama Barrow

Fellow Gambians and friends of The Gambia, I am humbled to stand before you to address the whole world on this historic occasion. This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in one’s life time. This is the first time since The Gambia became Independent in 1965 that Gambians have  change their government through the ballot box.
I must take this opportunity to thank the entire electorate of the Gambia and Gambians in the Diaspora for making this day possible.
I thank the entire campaign team of Coalition 2016 and the stakeholders for putting aside their political differences to unite us for the national interest.  
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to register special appreciation to Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and the Chairperson of Authority of Heads of States of ECOWAS, for her personal commitment and tireless efforts towards resolving the political crises in The Gambia. The sam sentiment goes to H ;EMuhammadou Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and H.E John Draman Mahama, former President of Ghana.
I must also express profound gratitude to ECOWAS, AU, the Security Council of the United Nations and all friendly nations who stood by us during our time of greatest need. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Addis Ababa, Thursday January 26, 2017– Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Amina Mohamed who is a candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), accompanied by Mrs. Sicily Kariuki, Kenya's Minister for Youth and Gender Affairs met with youth from various African countries during the 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme: "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments in Youth: Empowering Young People, Especially Young Women, For Leadership and Civic Participation."  This event marked the beginning of the 28th AU Summit .

Amb. Amina's Vision for the AUC has centered the role of the youth in Africa's development. In her new year's letter to Africans, she wrote: "In sum, our youth are our currency. This century is theirs and Africa’s! To harness their potential, we must collaborate both politically and economically. We must work in partnership and integrate in a manner that catalyses Africa’s synergy and diversity." 

Amb. Amina highlighted the need to listen to the needs, challenges and solutions proposed by the youth.  She expressed concern that youth engagement has often taken an "address approach" as opposed to a "dialogic approach." She stated that it was critical to recognise that Africa's youth, in this age, are the most educated, most exposed, most informed, most innovative and proactive. As a result, the promise of their potential can only be realised through consistent and sustainable partnership and joint decision-making with the youth. 

IFAD to provide US$24 million to create new employment opportunities in Tunisia

Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.
Rome, 26 January 2017 – Over 110,000 people in five of Tunisia’s districts in the Governorate of Siliana, home to some of the country's most disadvantaged people, will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the United Nations’  International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Tunisia.  
The agreement for the Siliana Territorial Development Value Chain Promotion Project (PROFITS), which aims to create sustainable employment opportunities, was signed in Rome by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, and Moez Sinaoui, Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic in Rome.
The total cost of the project is US$34.2 million of which IFAD is providing a $23.6 million loan and $0.5 million grant. Also contributing to the project costs are the Government of Tunisia ($7.6 million) and the beneficiaries themselves ($2.5 million).
“This innovative project builds upon IFAD’s experience in Tunisia by focusing on value chains that promote opportunities for all partners,” said Annabelle Lhommeau, IFAD Country Programme Manager for Tunisia. “Value chain development is an important lever for promoting both agricultural and non-agricultural activities and strengthening the livelihoods and incomes of vulnerable people.”