Dawda Docka Fadera, High Commissioner of the Republic of The Gambia to Canada, on 13th November 2018 presented the letter of recall of his predecessor and his Letter of Credence to the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.
High Commissioner Fadera conveyed to Governor General Payette fraternal greetings and best wishes from President Adama Barrow and the people of The Gambia. He observed that The Gambia and Canada have special relations based on our common values of respect for human rights, the dignity of our people, the sanctity of life and the rule of law.
High Commissioner Fadera said a new era has begun in The Gambia, after twenty-two years of misrule during which democratic institutions were destroyed, human capital decimated, the Treasury looted and The Gambia’s socio-economic development retarded. He said out of the ashes of the Jammeh dictatorship, a New Gambia with new crop of leaders have emerged with a vision to build a new country on the foundations of democracy, good governance and peace. He called on Canada to support the New Gambia.
Governor General Payette in her remarks welcomed High Commissioner Fadera to Canada, and commended The Gambia’s impressive progress under President Barrow’s Administration and assured him of the cooperation of the Canadian Government in advancing the common agenda of the two countries.
In other engagements during his sojourn in Canada, High Commissioner Fadera met with senior officials at the Canadian Foreign Ministry and discussed ways and means to expand and deepen the scope of cooperation between Banjul and Ottawa, especially in education, agriculture and tourism.
High Commissioner Fadera also met with members of the Gambian community in Canada and briefed them on the National Development Plan and the Gambian Diaspora Strategy and their role in the socio-economic growth of the country.
Issued by the Communication Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad