The President has received an award of merit from the African Diaspora Tourism Awards 2016 that was held in Atlanta Georgia, United States, last month. The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Benjamin A. Roberts and The Gambia Tourism Board were also awarded as the Tourism Minister of Distinction and the Tourism Board of the Year respectively by the same event.
The African Diaspora Tourism Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honours trailblazers in the field of black culture and heritage as an influence on tourism. The organisers said the event is designed in appreciation of the service and dedication of key people from around the world who have significantly influenced world tourism and the exploration of the global places of black culture and heritage.
This description fits perfectly well for the Gambian leader who has and continues to support cultural events that showcases the real beauty of not only The Gambia but Africa and the world as a whole. The introduction of the International Roots Homecoming Festival alone is a clear manifestation of the political commitment and the news that the organisers of the Award have agreed to host the 2018 edition in The Gambia to coincide with that year’s Roots event in Banjul is indeed heartwarming.
The award is another positive development for The Gambia and it came barely a week after the Banjul International Airport was named as the Most Passenger Friendly’ Airport in Africa, along with four other Airports. These are all confirmations of the Jammeh administration’s unqualified commitment to the development of this country.
Last year also, the country received prestigious awards from internationally recognised institutions. Amongst them include the 2015 African Leaders Malaria Alliance Award for malaria as well as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s award for the efforts in reducing malnutrition and undernourishment to less than 5% in 2015 and the MDG 1c target of reducing the prevalence of undernourishment; that particular award was also won in 2014.
Once again, we congratulate the Gambian leader for a well-deserved award and look forward to receiving such awards in the not too distant future.