The mayor of Banjul has spoken of The Gambia government’s commitment in cementing the cordial ties that exist between the cities of Banjul and Nanning.
Alhaji Abdoulie Bah was speaking to the Daily Observer in an interview shortly at the weekend following the completion of his five-day official visit to Nanning City in the People’s Republic of China. The exchange visit was processed through the diplomatic channels with a delegation of four high ranking personnel from Banjul.
According to Mayor Bah, while in China, he informed his counterpart mayor of Nanning, Hongbo Zhou, of President Jammeh’s continues support and willingness to render any endeavours solicited by his city.
Mayor Bah said Banjul’s relations with the Chinese city didn’t start today, noting that there are strong relations between the Gambian capital and Guangxi, which is a province of Nanning, dating back to 1987 when James Gomez was the mayor of Banjul. He said the ex-mayor visited the city in 1989.
“I discussed with my counterpart the areas of cooperation between the two cities; key amongst them includes education, transforming Crab Island Upper Basic School into a centre for skills acquisition and building other skills training centres in the city, youth and culture and waste management,” he said.
Mayor Bah also expressed his profound gratitude to His Excellency Zhang Jiming, the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Gambia for facilitating his delegation’s visit to Nanning.
Mayor Bah added that as part of their visit to Nanning, the Gambian delegation attended the 13th China-Asian Expo (trade fair) where goods mainly from the Asian continent were put on display and sold at cheap prices.
“The two city’s mayors’ agreed to extend the twining of Banjul United Football Club and Nanning City Council Football Club; first to be based on exchange visits,” Mayor Bah informed this medium.
by Lamin B. Darboe