21 November 2012

Gambia: Canada Will Continue to Work With Gambia - Says High Commissioner Calderwood, As He Meets VP

Photo: Gambia Statehouse
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh gestures as he begins a speech (file photo).

The Canada high commissioner to The Gambia based in Dakar has said that his country will continue to work with the government of The Gambia in promoting the shared values of democracy, human rights and development.

High Commissioner Perry John Calderwood made this remark Tuesday during an interview with reporters at State House, shortly after his audience with the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy.

He said: "I am delighted to be back in Banjul for my second visit. I'm taking advantage of my visit to speak and meet with authorities and visit projects that Canada has been supporting here in the area of fish preservation." He explained that the purpose of his meeting with the vice president was to review with her the bilateral relations that bind Ottawa and Banjul. He added that they discussed Canada's development interventions in The Gambia, through multilateral organisations like the World Food Programme and the FAO.

High Commissioner Calderwood recalled that Canada provided assistance to police training to enhance Gambia's capacity to participate in international peacekeeping operations. He said they also discussed how collectively they might work together in moving forward to continue to build that relationship.

"We also discussed the fact that both Canada and The Gambia are committed members of the Commonwealth and the importance of finding ways to make this organisation more efficient in promoting our shared values of democracy, human rights and development," he further stated.

The Canada high commissioner further intimated that during their discussion VP Njie-Saidy also dilated on Canada's commitment to the Commonwealth, saying that the two countries share many values, like the importance of development and human rights.

High Commissioner Calderwood said they also discussed the peace and security in the region and look forward to finding ways to continuing to work together to promote such goals and values. He also expressed his intention to scout for small-scale funding in diverse areas including journalism, so as to enhance the capabilities of media practitioners in the country.

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