Raul Yanvierino, deputy director for African affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia has disclosed that the republic of Indonesia is set to have concrete economic cooperation with The Gambia in the sector of infrastructure and or other strategic sectors that is scheduled to be announced during the Indonesia- Africa Infrastructure Dialogue which will be held in the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali in August, 2019.
Yanvierino made these remarks on Saturday 23rd February, 2019 on the occasion of the Gambia’s 54th Independence Anniversary celebration held at N1 Hotel Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. He expressed his strong conviction that the cooperation and cordial relations between the Gambia will be further strengthened for the best benefits of the two friendly nations and wish for a lasting friendship between the two countries.
Raul Yanvierino on behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia extended best wishes and congratulations to the Government and people of the Republic of The Gambia on the occasion of the 54th Independence Anniversary. Raul Yanvierino noted with delight that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between The Gambia and Indonesia in 1982, there have been solid improvements of our bilateral relations.
He assured that Indonesia is committed to enhance cooperation in areas relevant to The Gambia’s priorities, such as economy, trade, education, fisheries, agriculture, SMEs and women empowerment.
On his part Mr Purwanto Subroto, head of the directorate of Higher Education, Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and High Education expressed delight for his Ministry to be associated with such remarkable event. Subroto disclosed that over the past decade a significant number of Gambian students has benefitted from scholarship opportunities. He further tasked the Gambian students to continue to be good ambassadors of their country and promote the ideals of the republic of Indonesia to the outside world.
On his solidarity statement, His Excellency Abdelkader Aziria, dean of the African Ambassadors in the Republic of Indonesia and the Algerian Ambassador expressed his happiness to be invited to grace such a fundamental event in the history of The Gambia. H.E Aziria while describing the event as historic in Indonesia which was organised by citizens of African countries residing in Indonesia, added that the event is a model and pride for Africa and The Gambia. He assured the gathering of his office’s resolve to collaborate with the Gambian community in such future event.
Delivering the welcoming and the opening remarks earlier, Mr Sankung Jabbi, representative of the Gambian business community, Sulayman Colley, president of Gambian students described the event as historic and key in the context of promoting solidarity and mutual cooperation amongst the Gambian community in the Republic of Indonesia.
Colley noted that the theme of the event should motivate Gambians to play a crucial role in making sure the rule of law is respected and strengthened to yield a better and a prosperous Gambia as we aspire.
Issued by the Communication Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad