Gambia government has on Friday signed a 50 million dollar deal with China for the construction of an International Conference Center. The project agreement was endorsed by Gambia Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians
Abroad Ousainou Darboe and Chinese Ambassador to The Gambia Zhang Jiming, government said in a statement.

Gambia and China resumed ties in March 2016 after the tiny West African nation turned its back to Taiwan. The resumption of ties
provided an opportunity for both countries to strengthen cooperation in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, investment, manufacturing, people-to-people exchanges, processing, tourism and trade.

Financed by China, the project is expected to last for two years. It is announced as a major boost for employment and tourism.

President Adama Barrow, who witnessed the signing, expressed his gratitude to Chinese plenipotentiary for “his personal support
demonstrated since he took leadership of the country.”

He seized the opportunity to reaffirm Gambia commitment to one-China policy, and indicate other key areas such as energy, farming and health that are also grabbing the attention of his government.

Ambassador Zhang Jiming described the project as “another monumental symbol” of the China-Gambia bilateral relations, and drew a comparison with the Independence stadium built in Bakau in the 1980s.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ousainou Darboe lauded the support China continues to provide to Gambia and cited the scholarship scheme students benefit from the People Republic of China.

Source: State House

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