Gambia signs 4 new bilateral agreements with Qatar

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EYEAFRICA TV: Doha, Qatar: At the fringes of his three days state visit to the State of Qatar,  President Adama Barrow and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Wednesday presided over the signing of four new Memoranda of Understanding and bilateral agreements between the two governments.

The agreements entail mutual cooperation in the sectors of communications, judiciary, customs, and youth and sports.

Gambia’s ministers of information and communication, justice, and foreign affairs signed the agreements on behalf of the government of The Gambia with their respective Qatari counterparts.

Communication

The two governments agreed to operate in each others’ territories in the service areas of satellite communication. Gamnbia’s information minister, Ebrima Sillah signed the agreement with the Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications, Jasim Saif Al-Sulaiti.

Mutual Administrative Assistance

Both parties have also agreed to exchange information between the customs authorities of the two countries. The Qatari Minister of Finance, Ali Sharif Al-Emadi and Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Mamadou Tangara signed the agreement.

Legal Affairs

It involves capacity enhancement of the judicial systems of both countries, through experience sharing. The two countries also agreed to cooperate and assist each other in the area of customs law enforcement focusing on two specific areas of administrative assistance for optional application of customs law and the repression, investigation and combating of customs violations.

The agreement was signed by Gambia’s justice Minister, Aboubacarr Tambadou and Essa Saad Jaffal Al- Naimi signed for Qatar.

Youth and Sports

The Gambia and Qatar also agreed to promote friendly exchange of youth camps and football tournaments. Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tangara and the Sport and Culture Minster of Qatar, Salah Ghanim Al-Ali signed on behalf of their respective governments.

Other engagements

Among President Barrow’s other engagements on day two of his State visit include a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Charity, where they discussed possible partnership to have the organization begin operations in The Gambia. The non-governmental organization cover areas of health, water supply, and education.

President Barrow also visited the Qatar National Museum where he was encouraged by the display of the rich history and visionary leadership that laid the foundation for a modern Qatari state in the 21st Century.

Later in the evening, the president wrapped up the day with separate meetings with the Chairman of the Arabiya Trading, Abdulrahman Al Mahmoud, and Muhamad Sultan Al Jabeer of Jabeer Construction.

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