EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: German ambassador to The Gambia said his country is highly considering to increase its diplomatic presence in the west African nation, saying consensus have been reached between Banjul and Berlin that Germany’s diplomatic presence will be elevated higher than just a Liaison Officer.
In a bilateral talks with President Adama Barrow at the State House on Friday, Stephen Roken said the Federal Republic of Germany will increase its diplomatic presence in the country beginning this year.
“We want to increase our diplomatic presence. For the first time, we will send a diplomat from Germany, in a few weeks, to intensify political, economic and cultural relations,” the diplomat said, noting that this is a big step forward considering all the countries that want Germany’s diplomatic presence.
In December 2017, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited The Gambia and during a press conference denied media reports that he has signed an agreement with President Adama Barrow for 1,500 Gambians to be returned from Germany to The Gambia.
President Barrow said a lot of agreements that were signed during the visit of the Federal President of Germany can be effectively facilitated with such a presence.
When the German Federal President visited Banjul in 2017, the two leaders discussed intensification of bilateral relations.
The Banjul- Berlin relation has led to the construction of a GTTI annex in Mansa Konko in decentralisation process of vocational education and training for youth; and strengthening capacities in areas of energy supply.
“The next steps of economic cooperation will start to improve this year, with the stabilization fund that will support value addition in the production chains to provide jobs in horticulture, fish processing and smoking, and vocational training,” he added.
Ambassador Roken believe that Gambian that people need to explore every possibility mean to be successful in the country, to earn decent living and create families. “What they need is job opportunities and that is what our cooperation is about. That is where we have a common interest to fight illegal migration.”
The Ambassador expressed condolence to the President on the boat tragedy off the coast of Mauritania that claimed the lives of 60 Gambian youth.