AU Summit: Barrow calls for “strong leadership” and collective efforts to fight COVID-19

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:-Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that the country supports the comprehensive strategy of the African Union designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and revitalise economies, but quick to recognize that it requires “strong leadership and redoubling our efforts collectively.”

“I am confident that working collectively, Africa will successfully generate the resources to address the challenges before us,” he said adding that the COVID-19 pandemic poses immense challenges to the continent in various ways.

President Barrow who was speaking at 34th AU Ordinary Session via Videoconference, welcomed the drive towards ensuring that Africa “Speaks with One Voice”, noting that Africa’s vibrant contribution to global initiatives on sustainable security and development is crucial.

According to him, The Gambia is among the countries that have implemented the African Union Financing Levy, and “our assessed contributions are being paid gradually.”

“The beginning of trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is laudable. However, the Commission and the AfCFTA Secretariat now have to facilitate technical support to Member States to further our integration agenda,” he said.

The Gambia, he added, continues to strictly pursue democratic development and respect for human rights.

“Thus, our reform programmes focus on transforming the political and legal landscape of the country.”

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