The GCRG award pinned on the visiting Taiwanese president, Ma Ying Jeou by his Gambian counterpart is indeed honourable.
The move manifests the cordial ties between the two countries and will in no small measure boost the morale of the Taiwanese leadership to contribute more towards the development of The Gambia.
It is of course obvious that true friendship is what The Gambia has achieved in its relationship withTaiwan.Make no mistake, this is not about the treasured financial aid the country continues to receive from the people of Taiwan; it is about Taiwan's commendable sense of respect, and understanding of mutual relationships, among a whole lot of conventionally respectable societal values. These are values The Gambia cherishes so dearly and seriously takes into account whenever we get ourselves committed to any form of relationship.
The Taiwanese have been involved in every sector of our development endeavours -education, agriculture, etc., and they have done so with the humble intention of always ensuring that the country does not depend on any otherin the future. This explains their commendable role in capacitating the human resource base of The Gambia. They have been there for us both in bad times and in good times.
These realities make the ongoing state visit of the Taiwanese president very significant.The award is a testimony to the Taiwanese leadership that The Gambia greatly appreciates Taiwan's gestures. The Gambia might not have much to give to Taiwan, but we can always say 'thank you'.
The visit and the award are therefore indications that relations between Banjul and Taipei are waxing stronger each day.And with continued dedication and genuine commitment to the principles of our bilateral ties, the two countries will certainly accomplish their aspirations both at national and international levels.