Ousainou Darbo, Gambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister

(JollofNews) – The Gambian Government and China Friday signed a US$50 million (equivalent to D2,302,654,160.09) grant agreement designed for the construction of an International Conference Center in the tiny west African nation.

The two-year project will serve as a monumental symbol of the China-Gambia bilateral relations similar to that of the Independent stadium built in Bakau in the 1980s.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Adama Barrow, president of the Gambia thanked the Chinese government for the confidence it has in the New Gambia and expressed gratitude to the Chinese ambassador Zhang Jiming for his personal support demonstrated since he took leadership of the country.

Mr Barrow revealed that his government also gives priority to energy, farming and health care amongst others and assured China of his government’s support to the One China policy.

Zhang Jiming, Chinese ambassador to the Gambia said the construction of the $50 Million International Conference Centre project will last for two years.

Zhang Jiming, Chinese ambassador to the Gambia

“Upon completion it will be another monumental symbol of the China-Gambia bilateral relations similar to that of the Independent stadium built in Bakau in the 1980s.

“The International Conference Centre will also provide employment and boost tourism,” he added.

For his part, Ousainou Darbo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad applauded the support China continues to provide to The Gambia and cited the scholarship scheme students benefit from the People Republic of China.

Mr. Darbo recalled the visit of a high powered Chinese government delegation earlier this year and described the support as a testimony of China’s commitment to The Gambia.