His Excellency Dembo M. Badjie, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia to China, has appealed to Beijing to support Africa to find a lasting solution to the problem of the mass exodus of its youths to Europe in search of greener pastures.
This was contained in Ambassador Badjie’s statement on Wednesday during his presentation of letters of credence to the Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Beijing Hall.
In this regard, he appealed to the Government of China to provide substantial financial grant for the establishment of a national youth enterprise fund in The Gambia for the training of youths in entrepreneurial development and for providing seed money to facilitate their take-off in business activities.
“It is envisage that when youth are engage in productive ventures they will be inclined to stay at home rather than venture into suicide missions called ‘back way to Europe,” he said.
According to him, sustainable livelihood would foster new awareness in youth that would protect them from gravitating towards crime, drugs and extremism.
He further submitted a proposal to the Government of China among which include the re-establishment of the coastal shipping lines to enhance the Gambia’s re-export trade. He used the opportunity to express his resolve and determination to work with President Xi’s government and its institutions and personalities in order to sustain and further enhance the excellent diplomatic exchanges, friendship and corporation between the two countries and their people.
“I have no doubt that in this endeavour, I can count wholeheartedly on your support as well as the support of the entire Government and people of China,” Ambassador Badjie stated.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Baboucarr Alieu Suwareh, Deputy Head of Mission, and Mr. Yusupha Sohna, Finance Attache, both staff of the Gambian Embassy in Beijing.
by Mariatou Ngum in Beijing, China