Gambia and China on Friday signed a 50 million U.S. dollars grant agreement on helping the West African state construct an International Conference Center, a press release from the presidency stated.

Gambian President Barrow thanked the Chinese government for the confidence they have in the new Gambia. The President also expressed gratitude to Ambassador Zhang Jiming for his personal support.

“My government also gives priority to energy, farming and health care amongst others. I will assure that my government support one-China policy,” he said.

For his part, Ambassador Zhang said the construction of the International Conference Centre project will last for two years.

“Upon completion, it will be another monumental symbol of the China-Gambia bilateral relations similar to that of the Independent Stadium built in Bakau in the 1980s,” he said.

Zhang said the International Conference Centre will provide employment and boost tourism.

Gambian Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe applauded the support China continues to provide to Gambia and cited the scholarship scheme students benefit from.

He recalled that the visit of a high powered Chinese government delegation earlier this year and described the support as a testimony of China’s commitment to Gambia.

The grant agreement was signed by the Gambian foreign minister and the Chinese ambassador. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/