EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Stakeholders from different institutions have recently met in Tendaba in the Lower River Region for a four-day retreat on peace building in The Gambia.
The retreat reviewed the European Union and ECOWAS regional Peace Building, Security and Stability projects that are mandated to support the implementation of various strategic reforms with a view to build strong institutions.
During deliberations, participants, including officials from the office of the national security adviser, parliamentarians, independent electoral commission, and the national council for civic education among others, discussed on pertinent issues of national security and ways to adopt best practices for building sustainable peace.
Speaking at closing ceremony, Claude Kondor, political adviser to the special representative of the president of Ecowas reiterated commitment to continue working with relevant stakeholders to consolidate efforts of maintaining peace and stability in The Gambia.
Representing the European Union peace, security and stability mandate project, Mr Ekema emphasized the need for more collaboration in building strong institutions for the consolidation of peace and security in the country.
The peace building and strengthening in The Gambia project began in December 2016 and ended December 2019.
The objective of the retreat is to review the achievements of the interventions; shared lessons learnt, adopt best practices for building sustainable peace and define key priority actions as well as the way forward.