By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
The Gambian government represented by its President Adama Barrow, last month, received a total sum of $12 Million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the State House in Banjul, National Telegraph can confirm.
The agreement was signed by the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Mamburay Njie, and the head of the Saudi delegation, Yousef Al-Bassam as an adviser to the managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), who doubles as chairman of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
The SAR 45million equivalent will inevitably improve and modernize the Banjul International Airport to meet the required standard in the aviation industry. The project will further improve the infrastructural facilities of The Gambia in preparation for the upcoming OIC Summit in 2022,” a statement from the State House reads.
“We assured His Excellency of the strong support of both the Saudi Fund and BADEA towards The Gambia’s success,”. Al-Bassam said. President Adama Barrow expressed gratitude and appreciation to the king and the crown prince of the Saudi Kingdom for their continued support to the government and the people of The Gambia.
The signing was followed by discussions with The Gambia OIC Secretariat on the ongoing SFD’s funding for the OIC 2022 Islamic Summit in Banjul. During the talks, Yousef Al-Bassam expressed delight at the progress made on the on-going rehabilitation of the airport.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs used the occasion to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its continued support to The Gambia.