By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Saturday, November 30, 2019.
A Former Presidential Affairs Minister of The Gambia has encouraged its government on the importance of investment in the development of pool economy, National Telegraph has gathered.
Momodou Sabally was speaking, Saturday, November 23, 2019, at an international forum attended by scientists and top experts in economics and maritime administration from 27 countries held at the National Observatory of Seafarers and the Regional Council of Dakhla at the Palace of Congress of the City of Dakhla, Morocco.
Speaking specifically on; “Development of the Port Sector in Africa: Investments and Cooperation” under the broad theme of “Outlooks on the Blue Economy in Africa”, Sabally thrilled participants.
“For me, the theme of this panel is of particular significance. As a Gambian, this means a lot to me. My country is defined by its river. We sit on the Atlantic Coast and maritime activities have a huge impact on our economy.”, he said.
Drawing inspiration from the Gospel of Mark, Sabally quotes Jesus telling his first disciples; Simon and Andrew to come and for him to make them fishers of men.
“Perhaps we should also not only focus on fishing in our quest to harness the blue economy but we should as well go and ‘fish’ men to bring them into our maritime tourism realm. The potential for greater economic activity in blue-economy-tourism is high in African countries.” he added.
He went on to say that; “With the appropriate investment in infrastructure, innovation, and policy, the blue economy could be the game-changer for social-economic progress in Africa.”