Friday, June 2

President Barrow calls on UAE to invest in energy sector

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 President Adama Barrow has called on United Arab Emirates investors to invest in the energy sector of The Gambia.

He told the visiting UAE Minister of African Affairs Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, at State House Wednesday that his government was keen on partnering with UAE in several areas, including tourism and health, noting that several Gambians engage in health tourism for treatment abroad.

He commended the Sheikh Zayed Eye clinic in The Gambia funded by the UAE, saying that it provides services beyond the borders while appealing to the UAE for its expansion and upgrading with modern equipment.

Al-Nahyan, said the UAE and The Gambia relations had been built on solid ground, and his visit was a continuation of the common interest in the partnership and close relation between the two brotherly nations.

He further revealed that other areas of mutual interest were agriculture and digitalisation, and they would assess and explore those opportunities in the country.

He added that The Gambia was well situated for investment in a peaceful environment and had a youthful population to fill the gap in the labour market coupled with an independent judiciary to protect investments.

The two leaders also reassured each other of the conviction to enhance and improve the partnership.

President Barrow took the opportunity to thank Al-Nahyan for the prompt action taken to support the return of some Gambians stranded in the UAE following their meeting in New York in September 2022.