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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:04

Gambia: Fresh Boost for Gambia-Russia Relations - As Manga Appointed Honourary Consul

GambiBy Musa Ndow

BANJUL, Gambia, December 29, 2015 (The Daily Observer) - Bilateral relations between the Gambia Government and the Russian Federation have been further bolstered with the recent appointment of Alhaji Lamin Manga as the Honourary Consul for the Russian Federation in The Gambia.

The appointment of the seasoned journalist was officially marked during a ceremony organised at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi, attended by a high profile delegation from the Russian Federation and Gambian Officials.

Several other high-ranking officials from foreign missions in the country, as well as media chiefs also graced the formal confirmation ceremony.

The Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Abubacarr Senghore described Manga as an experienced and seasoned journalist who has carved a name for himself in the area of broadcasting.

Minister Senghore, on behalf of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa, congratulated Alhaji Lamin Manga on his attainment of this honourable trust. He affirmed that there is no doubt that the Russian Federation in its entirety, represented by its Ambassador, has huge trust in Mr. Manga. "We are proud of you," the minister told Manga.

Also speaking at that ceremony was the Russian Ambassador to Senegal accredited to The Gambia, His Excellency Sergey Krugkov. He also congratulated Lamin Manga for his new assignment, while assuring him of their full support and collaboration.

He added that it is exactly one year when he came to The Gambia, observing that Manga from the very first day was very helpful, dynamic and respective of his own words because everything he promised he fulfills it in a very short period.

"I realised that he is the best possible candidate to be appointed as our honourary consul," the Russian top diplomat said of Manga.

For his part, Alhaji Lamin Manga, who is also the Director General of GRTS, thanked the Russian Federation for entrusting him with this diplomatic assignment. He used the opportunity to explain his career and how he arrived at this momentous occasion.

"This is a great honour for me, out of 2.2 million people in The Gambia, I was chosen to represent the Russian Federation. It's a great honour for you and me. The Gambia and the Russian Federation is celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations and it also happened when The Gambia had just hosted the anti-narcotic summit in The Gambia, which shows that the relationship is intensifying, and my appointment adds another feather to that."

He expressed hope of creating the enabling platform, with the support of the authorities concerned, in making sure that the task given to him would be fulfilled further in the interest of the peoples of the nations.

The Gambia and Russia have enjoyed good relations for decades but recent years have witnessed closer ties between the two countries with increased bilateral cooperation. Mr Manga's appointment as Honourary Council is expected to further solidfy these ties.

Gambia: Welcome Lamin Manga As Consul of Russia in the Gambia


GRTS Director General Lamin Manga has been appointed by the Russian Federation through its Ambassador as their Honorary Consul to The Gambia.

Such an appointment is a laudable achievement for Mr Manga, which also augurs well for the media fraternity in The Gambia, as Lamin Manga has been a seasoned journalist in The Gambia with a wealth of experience in the job. We, therefore, welcome his appointment as honorary consul of Russia.

Manga, an illustrious son of the country, is a good choice because of his wide experience in the media field. He can make a difference by fostering the already existing relations between The Gambia and Russia.

It is timely that we have a consulate in Banjul, because The Gambia and Russia used to cooperate in many fields.

We hope and pray that Russia will bring more support to The Gambia, especially in the field of medicine, education, technology, science and many other areas. We hope also they will come in a big way to help us in the energy sector, tourism and infrastructure.

Many Gambians had the opportunity to study in Russia. We hope this time around, Russian doctors, engineers and those specialised in agriculture will assist The Gambia in their various fields of operation.

The Ministry of Tourism should seize the opportunity to promote tourism in Russia. Government as well should work in close collaboration with the Russian government so that Russians will open an embassy in Banjul and Gambians an embassy in Moscow.

The two countries need each other in many respects as mentioned above, as well as to foster our bilateral cooperation.

Russia is a force to reckon with, and The Gambia should take advantage of the enhanced relations and make good use of it by training Gambians in special fields of support to the country's development.

The appointment of Manga, with his versed experience in the media, can contribute a great deal to consolidating the already existing relationship between the two nations.

Long Live Gambia-Russia Cooperation! (END)



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