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The first ever Presidential Council Experts meeting between the Governments of The Gambia and Senegal kicks off Sunday 11 March 2018 at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, Kololi.

Being set up in the Senegalese capital of Dakar in March 2017 during the first official visit of  His Excellency President Adama Barrow, the meeting of the Presidential Council brought together forty delegates from  Senegal and sixty from the Gambian side.

The herculean task of both Council was to discuss issues of common interest between the two countries in the areas of Finance, Transport, Trade, Fisheries, Agriculture/livestock and Forestry, Energy, Mines and Communications, Justice, Security and Defence , Consular Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Higher Education, Women and Gender, Health, Youth and Sports.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Mr. Ebrima O. Camara, said the two leaders were set to promote dialogue and implementation of actions, in good faith and with openness.

"The baseline is to foster cooperation to improve the general welfare of our two peoples and bring them happiness," Camara told the gathering.

He further mentioned that special attention would be paid to issues especially when they pose potential threat to the successful implementation of the various bilateral agreements that have already been concluded, or would be initiated and subsequently concluded.

For his part, the Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal to The Gambia, His Excellency Ambassador Salieu Ndiaye, re-echoed the need to fast track implementation once agreements were signed. This, he said would only resort to concrete action noting that in six months time, they will meet in Dakar to access what has been done. He challenged delegates to deliver to expectation.

The introductory remarks were made by Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Saffie Sankareh. She informed of the excellent bilateral ties between the two  governments and the elevation of the Joint Ministerial Council to a Presidential one showed the commitment of the two leaders to strengthening fraternal ties between the two nations.  

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