To ensure project implementation the Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Damtien Tchintchibidja has carried out an oversight function in the Gambia to enable her to gather helpful information on the Gambia Pilot for the Regional Stabilization and Development Fund strategies and work activities.

The essence is to engage with the project team while observing the status of implementation as countries such as Guinea Bissau, Niger, and Mali continue to benefit under the Fund.

A statement signed by the ECOWAS communication office Salett Nogueira, the vice president while congratulating the project team (GAMWORKS and GIZ), for their commitment urged them to expedite action towards its implementation noting that all activities must be completed before December 2023.

According to her, the project is important because it builds resilience, through the provision of basic social services and the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for women and youth.

“Following the engagement with the project team, the Vice President embarked on-site visits to a Fish Processing Site built by the project to support economic activities of women in Brufut, as well as an 80-bed student dormitory built by the project to enhance vocational training at the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) in Mansa Konko.”

Speaking on some of the innovations developed by the students, Damtien, therefore, called on the Vocational Institute to take advantage of the support provided by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners so as to increase access to vocational skills development for inclusiveness among youth in the country.

“The Vice President also visited the newly established National Centre for the Coordination of Early Warning and Response Mechanism (NCCRM), the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority (ERCA), the Headquarters of the ECOWAS Military Intervention in The Gambia (ECOMIG), and had a working session with Mrs. Miatta French, the ECOWAS Resident Representative in The Gambia, the West Africa Police Information System (WAPIS) project team and partners from the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the European Union (EU).” The statement ended.

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