The President of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa yesterday met in audience the director general of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) in a closed-door session at State House.
Speaking to the press after their discussion, Dr. Sidi Ould Tah said Gambia’s anti-hunger initiative, dubbed Vision 2016, will be at the centre of his institution’s interest and further pledged their commitment to working with the Gambian leader, and the Ministry of Finance and the Economic Affairs to develop more projects for the country in the near future.
BADEA, a financial institution established pursuant to the resolution of the 6th Arab Summit Conference at Algiers on 28th November 1973, began operations in March 1975. The Bank has since then been strengthening economic, financial and technical cooperation between the Arab and African regions and for the embodiment of Arab-African solidarity on foundations of equality and friendship.
The Bank’s DG said BADEA and other Arab financial institutions will be available to provide financing for these projects.
Badea1Is a privilege and honour to be received by His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia. This is my first visit since I took office as director general of BADEA and my first visit happens to be The Gambia, he said.
I came to pay courtesy call to His Excellency the President to receive his indications and advice for the work and the partnership between BADEA and The Gambia.
He described his meeting with the Gambian leader as very informative, adding that Professor Jammeh has given a lot of advice which will be very useful in conducting the business of BADEA not only in The Gambia but other African countries.
His Excellency the President insisted in the food security which is very important for the development of Africa and its future, and we will be working with the government of The Gambia to develop common projects in the area of food security but also we will continue to provide financing to infrastructure, health and in education amongst other sectors of interest for the government of The Gambia, he said.