Budgetary constraint forces Gambia government attempt to shut down High Commission in Malaysia

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s Ambassador at large in Malaysia has pledged to pay the rent for all the staff and chancery of The Gambia High Commission in Malaysia to avoid Gambia government attempt to shut down the office due to budgetary constraints.

Tan Sri Dr. Aixinjueluo Yahao wrote to High commission Ramzia Diab Ghanim on August 8, expressing his displeasure with the decision to close the Kuala Lumpur office. He said the High Commission is the only Gambian representative in the ESEAN group. “After consideration, I have come with the decision to pay the rent of all the staff and chancery for the year 2020. This amount will be RM522, 000 in total.”

Mr. Yahao said since his appointment as ambassador at large last year, High Commissioner Ghanim have been instrumental in collaborating with him in initiating the 20 projects he planned for The Gambia which, he said will create employment for Gambian people including the bank he will be opening. “Moreover, I am working tirelessly with your Excellency’s office in order to bring big time investors from the other ASEAN countries to come to The Gambia.”

He said with all those factors in mine that is why he decided to help in funding payment of the chancery and homebased staff rents. “Please convey this message to your government for them to keep the High Commission open, because its closure will deter the progress of investors wanting to come to The Gambia.”

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