The first Cabinet meeting of President Adama Barrow’s government was convened on Thursday, 13th April 2017, at State House. In his opening remarks, President Barrow noted that expectations are high and they have to urgently embark on a transformative national development agenda in line with the Coalition manifesto. He highlighted the huge task ahead and the need to be action oriented. He set out the priority areas to include the energy sector, fixing the broken economy, unifying the nation, improving the health and agricultural sub-sectors and ending the country’s isolation. He further highlighted the urgency for institutional, electoral and constitutional reforms in line with what he described as “our new democratic principles that will respond to the realities of our time.” The President pointed out that all these will be addressed alongside with the Civil Service and Security as well as state owned enterprise reforms.
President Barrow urged Cabinet to be resolute in their determination to build a better Gambia. He recognized that with the wealth of experience and competence in the Cabinet, rapid transformation can take place to bring back the former glory of the nation. He said he was optimistic that the Cabinet will work together to formulate the right policies and programmes to address short term needs but also to control poverty, hunger and disease, which he described as “the enemies of humankind.”
In line with democratic principles, President Barrow advised Cabinet to debate constructively to reach consensus on the common agenda. This, he said, will require collective responsibility to further the national development agenda. He called on the cabinet to work hard and take advantage of the good will of our development partners to achieve the expectations of Gambians.
The President concluded by thanking Cabinet for taking the responsibility of nation building. He urged them to work together and advised that to success they must all “strive and work and pray” as stated in our national anthem.
By Amie Bojang-Sissoho
Director of Press and Public Relations
Office of the President