25 March 2014

Gambia: Ahead of 'The Great Senegambian Conference' - Top Senegalese Delegation Arrives Tomorrow

A high-powered delegation from Senegal is due in Banjul tomorrow, Wednesday March 26th, to finalise arrangements with members of the newly formed Senegalese-Gambian Association for Integration and Socio-Economic Development (SGAISD) regarding media coverage for the much anticipated "The Great Senegambian Symposium and Conference" scheduled for April 25th and 26th 2014.

Led by a renowned media consultant, subject specialist and proprietor of KYS-GROUP, Yorro Dia, the delegation also included the director of Sports at TFM TV Station, Abdoulie Nderr, the director of Centre National D'information et de Documentation at the Ministry of Youths and Employment (CNID), Moussa Thior and the director of Publication at DAKARACTU, Serigne Diagne. Commenting on their visit, the SGAISD president, Saikou B. Jarju, affirmed that they will discuss the media coverage regarding the Banjul Conference given that it is expected to be aired by some of the Senegalese TV Stations such as RDV, RTS, 2STV, and TFM. "The aim of the visit is to give similar amount of media coverage to newspapers and radio stations in Senegal before, during and after the symposium and conference. The two-day event is expected to be viewed by millions of people across the globe given the satellite and uninterrupted television coverage in Senegal and The Gambia to their loyal audiences in Africa, Europe, Asia and America," he noted.

Jarju said it is about time the people of the two countries engage themselves more meaningfully so as to enhance awareness about the immortal ties between them and how to further reflect on the centuries-old historical relationships that bind them. This, he opined, will open a new frontier in Banjul-Dakar relations through a sustainable grassroots initiative for an effective and maximum integration.

"The Conference and Symposium which will be centered on the "Historical Perspective of Senegambia, The Prospect and The way forward" will bring along a record number of 70 Senegalese intellectuals, students, journalists, unionists, professors and members of the Senegalese chapter of the Senegalese-Gambian Association for Integration and Socio-Economic Development (SGAISD) to join their Gambian counterparts in the two-day conclave. The event is expected to mobilise about 2000 Gambians including students from different senior secondary schools, tertiary institutions, the civil society, the private and public sectors as well as the wider business community in The Gambia," Jarju indicated.

He used the opportunity to appeal to companies both private and public to give support to this initiative, noting that it is meant to bring the two brotherly people closer for the good of both countries. Jarju, who just arrived from Senegal on a four-day visit, also disclosed that the four universities billed to take part in the Symposium are: - Chiekh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Gaston Berger University of St. Louis, Assane Secka University of Ziquinchorr, and Alieu Diop University of Bambaye.

"The University of Thies will serve as back-up. All arrangements have been concluded at the highest level and selected students were identified and their biographies were given with respect to these five universities," he further indicated.

The SGAISD president concluded by asserting that both Professor Iba Der Thiam and Professor Ibrahima Thiuob have expressed their greatest pleasure to be chosen to take part in a Conference designed to bridge ties between two people who from time immemorial share everything in common.

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