Tchintchibidja, as part of a mission to monitor the ongoing activities being implemented by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners in The Gambia, engaged the Gambia Pilot project team to the Regional Stabilization and Development Fund. , to observe the status of implementation and collect key lessons that could be useful in designing intervention strategies for additional countries receiving support from the Fund, namely Guinea Bissau, Niger and Mali. She congratulated the project team (GAMWORKS and GIZ) for the work done so far and encouraged them to speed up the implementation of the remaining activities as the project prepares to close in December 2023.
She highlighted the importance of using the project to build resilience.
, through the provision of basic social services and the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for women and youth.
Following engagement with the project team, the Vice President embarked on visits to a fish processing site built by the project to support women’s economic activities in Brufut, as well as an 80-bed student dormitory built by the project to improve vocational training.
at the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) in Mansa Konko.
He noted some innovations developed by students and encouraged the Vocational Institute to take advantage of the support provided by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners to increase access to vocational skills development for youth in the country.
The Vice President also visited the newly created National Center for the Coordination of the Early Warning and Response Mechanism (NCCRM), the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority (ERCA), the ECOWAS Military Intervention Headquarters in The Gambia (ECOMIG) and had a work session.
with Ms. Miatta French, ECOWAS Resident Representative in The Gambia, the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) project team, and partners from the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the European Union (EU).