21 November 013, Banjul – In separate engagements on the sidelines of the fourth Consultative Committees’ Meeting of ECOWAS on electricity in Kololi, the Gambian vice president and Women’s Affairs minister held discussions with the European Union (EU) charge d’ affaires to The Gambia and officials of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA).
Speaking to reporters at the end of her meeting with Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, Agnes Guillanud said her discussion with the veep centered on issues of women empowerment, but more importantly, to extend an invitation to her for the upcoming celebration on violence against women.
“We are organising Monday a celebration on violence against women and I know how much Her Excellency is active in the area of women’s rights. I wanted to make sure she had received the invitation and she told me that someone would attend the conference on her behalf,” she indicated.
Dilating on the importance of the conference, the EU charged de affaires said the day is celebrated around the world to raise awareness on violence against women and women rights issues, which she observed, is a priority in The Gambia’s development strategy. She informed that the vice president was very concerned and equally acknowledged the importance of the event.
Also granted audience was the ERERA delegation, who used the opportunity to commend the government through the vice president for its support to their Banjul meeting. “So today we paid a courtesy on the vice president to say thank you to the people and government of The Gambia for accepting to host the 4th forum in The Gambia,” PURA’s director general, Abdou Jobe, told reporters.
He said The Gambia government is committed to ensuring that there is a regional electricity market, while underscoring the cooperation between the regulatory authorities within the sub-region.
Jobe described the vice president’s reaction as positive, noting that she was very elated to have received them and reechoed what she stated in her official opening statement that The Gambia is very happy to host this important forum on sub-regional electricity regulation.
– The Daily Observer