The Executive Secretary of the Senegalo-Gambian Permanent Secretariat (SGPS) based in The Gambia has said that the real meaning of integration promotes practical corporation between partners particularly allay nations that shares not just common ties but borders.
He said integration is beyond government to government relationship but peoples who shares common daily activities but are divided by boundary.
Speaking at the SGPS office in Cape Point during a discussion with the Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Force last Friday, Ambassador Paul Badjie said Senegal and The Gambia are two inseparable nations that have virtually everything in common. “What we need to do is to work together to make the colonial concepts disappear between us,” he said.
The Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Force, Alieu Wade was on a mission in The Gambia leading to his visit of the Senegalese military attaché at the SGPS.
During the brief meeting, the two officials had fruitful discussion on the Senegal-Gambia relationship, mainly on security and Military Corporation.
In February 2006, the governments of The Gambia and Senegal signed an agreement paving the way for the establishment of a permanent secretariat with headquarters in Banjul. The secretariat is established to serve as a framework for information and consultation. This was viewed to engineer a reciprocal sharing of information between the two countries and also policies of common interest, particularly on border and harmonise these policies and programmes and also assess their impacts.
Following the outcomes of the 2006 Dakar agreement establishing the Senegalo-Gambian Permanent Secretariat, the two governments on April 10, 2010 signed another agreement detailing the organisation and functions of the Secretariat.
Ambassador Badjie said Gambia and Senegal had agreed on a common understanding in Military and Defence Corporation to fight against drug and human trafficking.
During discussions, the two shared the same point of view that Senegalese and Gambians are truly one people and the permanent secretariat is the instrument created to promote better integration between them.
by Amadou Jallow