Panafrican News Agency

Outgoing EU Ambassador assures continued support to Gambia’s transition

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The outgoing European Union ambassador to The Gambia, Attila Lajos, Monday gave the assurance that the EU block would continue to support Gambia’s transition.

Lajos gave this assurance when he visited the State House here to bid farewell to Gambian President Adama Barrow.

“The Gambia’s transition ran a long way and it was remarkable that The Gambia has decided on a democratic change that the EU wanted to support since the beginning.

“Transition is difficult as it is anywhere in the world but The Gambia stays on the path of democratic transformation.  The European Union will support the country to complete its transition as a reliable partner,” the envoy told President Barrow.

Ambassador Lajos described the relationship between the EU and The Gambia as intense with more renewal of bilateral relationship after the defeat of ex-president Yahya Jammeh in the 2016 presidential election.

Barrow expressed his appreciation for the support the European Union had provided to the country and its National Development Plan.

The EU was among the first partners who committed to support the country immediately President Barrow came into office.   It also led the Donors Conference in Brussels in 2018 and provided the government with budget support.

The EU also assisted The Gambia in infrastructure development, security sector reforms and, most notably, the Youth Enterprise Project (YEP), which benefited many young people.


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