By Sheriff Musa Hydara
President Adama Barrow has commended the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change -TBI for the support it continues to provide to his government since 2017.
He made the commendation during an audience with the Executive Chairman and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on the sidelines of the UNGA, a statement made available on Thursday.
According to the statement, the two leaders discussed the work of the TBI in The Gambia, and Mr. Blair assured the president of his Institute’s continued commitment to supporting The Gambia government on its set priorities.
The statement noted that they also discussed progress registered by the Department of Strategic Policy and Delivery, notably the Participatory Accelerated Community Development Programme, Office of the President.
According to the statement, the Programme delivered clean water and labour-saving devices and provided access to electricity in isolated communities of The Gambia to enhance lives and livelihoods.
On the progress and priorities of the government, President Barrow took advantage of the meeting to brief the former British prime minister on his government’s Institutional Reform Programme, digitalization to improve e-governance, and expanding and adding value to agricultural products, among other infrastructural development plans, the statement pointed out.
The statement disclosed that the leaders also discussed developments in The Gambia and the global economy and expressed concern about its impact on people’s lives and the cost of living
The Gambian president stated that he strongly believed in his team, saying: “With trust and professionalism, we can achieve more than we had done during the transition period.”