Mr. Joof expressed his recognition and gratitude to President Embaló and the Guinean Government for the warm reception and generous hospitality extended to him and to his delegation during the visit.
The Gambian minister was accompanied by The Gambia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea Bissau and senior officials from the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment of The Gambia and the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Gambia Revenue Authority.
Prior to his meeting with the president, Hon. Joof, accompanied by the Minister of Commerce Mr. Abas Djaló, paid a courtesy visit to His Excellences Nuno Gomes Na Biam and Soares Sambu, Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and of Public Order, respectively.
Hon. Joof conveyed His Excellency President Adama Barrow’s greetings while thanking the Guinean authorities for the warm welcome accorded to them.
In his meetings, he stressed the need for integration while urging them to use their relationship in agriculture and trade to create more opportunities for the youths to be engaged. According to him, one of the things they have to do together as governments is to support efforts to create employment. This, he said, will require a lot of thinking, while expressing optimism that the solutions could be found by the kind of technical staff they have on both sides.
For his part, His Excellency Nuno Gomes Na Biam, prime minister of Guinea Bissau, described the people of Guinea Bissau and Gambia as the same, noting that they have a lot of thing in common such as the language and food. He further stated that the relations between the two countries and also Senegal is a high level one thus they have to use this opportunity to resolve some of the issues that they still have.
“We got a lot of things from agriculture to industry that Gambia needs, while Guinea Bissau also needs a lot of things from Gambia. So we have to open the doors for our youths to integrate,” he stressed.