Rebuilding The Gambia is the most difficult challenge of my life-Adama Barrow
President Adama Barrow of the Republic of the Gambia and former British PM Tony Blair. Photo: Alternativeafrika/Idris
By Adesina Idris
London, April 18, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The president of the Republic of the Gambia, Adama Barrow says rebuilding the economy and the life of the Gambians are the two most important challenges facing his government after over two decades of mismanagement
Speaking on Wednesday at a special event at Chatham house in London, President Adama Barrow said his government had had to undertake a comprehensive overhaul of the system and appealed to the international community to assist his country make the next step in the journey to sustainability
President Barrow who spoke on “Shaping The Gambia’s Future: How to Build a Path to Sustainable Progress” told a parked Chatham audience under the moderation of a former British Prime Minister , Tony Blair that his government inherited a completely broken system and empty treasury, a situation he said posed serious challenges to his government.
He explained that through share courage and unity of purpose of members of the coalition, his government had begun to address some of the challenges.
The President highlighted some of the positives in the last eighteen months to include, release of political detainees, freedom of speech and conducive atmosphere for press freedom, the return home of some of prominent Gambians and business men who fled the country during the reign of terror of the former leader, Yahya Jameh.
Others include the re admission of the Gambian into the commonwealth and the increase in the number of tourists into the country since he came to power as well as significant increase in revenue inflow into the country which he said had almost double.
He appealed for patience from the Gambians home and abroad including the international community saying that it would take time for his government to right the wrongs of many years.