President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has reiterated his government’s commitment to promote democracy, stability  and strong institutions for sustainable national development.

Addressing a team of representatives from the African Union led by Thomas Kwesi Quartey, deputy chairperson of the organisation, President Barrow said Africa has the capacity but added that it needs to organise its human resource to further develop the continent.

He said government is determined to give Gambians the change they have fought for. He added that the Gambia was disconnected for a long time and lost most of its intellectuals to the international community during the previous regime of Yahya Jammeh.

The president called on Gambian intellectuals to contribute to national development whether they are at home or in the diaspora.

He reiterated the country’s commitment to the protocols it has signed up to and said his administration is willing to open up to the world to end its isolation.

 For his part,  Thomas Kwesi Quartey, deputy chairperson of the African Union, described the Gambia as an important member of the African Union and said his organisation has followed developments in the small west African country since the transition.

He commended the Barrow administration for its efforts and pledged that AU would work with partners to support The Gambia’s civil service reform programme, education and food security.