Gambia: ECOWAS committed to consolidate development, democratization in Gambia

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The special representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) President in The Gambia on Friday reiterated the commitment of the regional block in its efforts to consolidate development and democratization in the country.

Speaking at the opening of a round-table meeting on coalition management, Vaba Gayflor said that the expansion of the mandate of ECOWAS Mission to Gambia (ECOMIG) includes support of training and reorientation of the various armed and security forces.

The meeting took place at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Swiss private mediation foundation whose core mission is to prevent, mitigate or resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.

"Given our strong belief that the continued existence of the Gambia Coalition 2016 is crucial to long-term peace and stability in the country," Gayflor said, "the Humanitarian Dialogue is interested in undertaking initiatives aimed at strengthening the coalition and also in fostering harmonious relationship between all the political parties."

Meanwhile, Women Affairs minister Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang said that Gambia shares collective vision, democratic values and responsibilities to make a difference for its people and to deliver the much-needed development and advancement.

Jallow-Tambajang, who doubles as overseer of the Office of the Vice President, said "this move is meant to provide avenue for the Gambian coalition 2016 to share and benefit the coalition management in other African countries that will reflect people's mind on the recent political impasse [in Gambia]."

She noted that eight political parties formed the coalition with the aim of putting an end to 22 years of former president Yahya Jammeh’s autocratic rule.

Tambajang outlined the significance of the dialogue saying it would help them learn from the experiences of other African countries on coalition management.

“We seek to learn, in spirit of African unity and solidarity, about how those before us have worked towards delivering the dividends of democracy and good governance in the spirit of the various ideology differences and interest that characterize coalition members,” she added.

-0- PANA MSS/AR 23June2017

23 juin 2017 16:42:08

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