EYEAFRICA TV: Doha, Qatar: Relations between Qatar and The Gambia has taken a new direction as President Adama Barrow wraps up a three-day state visit in Doha. He is due in Banjul Thursday morning, according to State House update.
His latest engagements in the Middle East nation was a bilateral meeting with the Qatari Amir on Tuesday, in which he viewed relations with Qatar as eminent, as The Gambia hopes to host the Organisation of Islamic Corporation (OIC) summit the same year Qatar will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Mr. Barrow had drawn development inspiration from Doha, the city known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture such as the underground train station.
Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdulla bin Abdul-Aziz bin Turki Al Subaie, accompanied President Barrow on this conducted tour of the facilities.
For Mr. Barrow, it is a co-incidence that Qatar and The Gambia are both small countries for which infrastructural development is key to facilitate the hosting of the 2022 global events.
The two leaders could be seen on board a new train at the Al Qassar Rail Station which is built to facilitate the travel of football fans to and from different stadia during the World Cup.
Beyond football, the State of Qatar is focused on building stadia with high sustainability assurance. The projects go along with social amenities that cater for different skill centres to curb joblessness in the country.
In contrast, very little is so far done in The Gambia on the cause of plans to host the next OIC summit. With exception of the International Conference Centre, all measurement marks for the construction of roads, presidential villa, and airport phase lifting have either been covered by dust or erased by heavy rain.
The OIC head office in Saudi Arabia had already approved Gambia’s bid to host the largest global Islamic head of state summit this year but failed in the eleventh hour due to unpreparedness.