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Gambia lobbying to head sub-regional fisheries commission


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A special envoy of the Gambian head of State Yahya Jammeh was on Thursday in Freetown to seek the support of Sierra Leone’s backing as the country lobbies for the position of Permanent Secretary of the Dakar-based Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (CSRP/SRFC), for which Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea had also indicated interests.Gambian Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Mamadou Tanga, handed over President Jammeh’s letter to Vice President Alhaji Sidique Sahr Samuel Sam-Sumana, who stepped in for President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.

Speaking with the press, Tangara indicated that Mauritania was no longer interested in the post while Guinea Bissau has held the position twice, which leaves Gambia and Guinea Conakry as the major contender for the election set for 10th June.

Welcoming the envoy and his delegation, the Vice President Sam-Sumana said Gambia and Sierra Leone have not only bilateral but also cultural ties, a fact which had been demonstrated by the Gambia making such a request of Sierra Leone.

The Vice President promised the Gambian envoy that he would pass on this information to His Excellency on his return from abroad.

Tourism was another issue discussed, with the firm promise that the two countries would pursue collaboration in this sector.

Established in 1985, CSRP is aimed at strengthening collaboration between its member states regarding the regional management of fisheries.

There are Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

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