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GAMBIA: FRANCE PLEDGES TO GIVE $58 MILLION TO THE GAMBIA

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France to reopen embassy in the Gambia, pledges $58m development financing

The Gambia is set to benefit from being designated as a ‘priority country for French official development assistance’.

The Gambian president, Adama Barrow recently appealed to international donors in Brussels, asking them to fill a $1.6 billion financing gap towards the implementation of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP).

The European Union, other development partners and the Gambian government held a conference in Brussels to discuss international support of The Gambia in its democratic transition since ex-President Yahya Jammeh was ousted from power in early 2017.

France, which attended the conference, announced a $58 million financing package that will run until 2022.

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France to reopen Gambia Embassy

The foreign affairs minister, J-Baptiste Leymone also announced that France would reopen its embassy in Gambia’s capital, Banjul.

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The diplomatic office was closed in November 2013, with France explaining that Jammeh’s regime was not open to any productive collaboration, making the office redundant and costly to maintain.

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From the Brussels conference, which was attended by delegations from 43 countries and 10 international organisations, Gambia mobilised a total of $1.7 billion to support the NDPand democratic transition.

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