UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa meets H.E. The Vice President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia

Jun 16, 2016

H.E. The Vice President, Dr. Ajaratou Isatou Njie Saidy and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye (Photo Credit: Cecilia, UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa has said that Gambia’s hosting of the Preparatory Ministerial Meeting of the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) would be a great triumph for the country.

Speaking to reporters after holding a closed door discussion with the Vice President and Women’s Affairs Minister, Her Excellency Dr Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy at State House yesterday, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye said the meeting would be one of the highly attended meetings since its launch in 1993.

Dieye said his discussion with the VP also touched on the partnership between the Government of The Islamic Republic of The Gambia and the UNDP, pledging that he is well committed to strengthening that close bilateral relationship. “We also had a discussion on Gambia’s fight against FGM [female genital mutilation] and early child marriage,” he said.

The UNDP Africa boss said the Vice President has assured him of Gambia government’s strong commitment to maintaining the relationship with his office, saying, “Development can only move when the political space is there and Gambia is on track for that.”


TICAD was first launched in 1993 by Japan with the aim of promoting African development, including peace and security in the continent through international and bilateral cooperation with African countries.

This Ministerial level meeting is meant to discuss the draft outcome document of what would become the Nairobi Declaration. It would also take stock of progress made since the adoption of the Yokohama Declaration and Action Plan in 2013. The meeting will also discuss concrete measures for the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration.

The outcome document of the meeting will be tabled at the Nairobi Summit, which will be the culmination of the TICAD-VI process. The Nairobi Summit will bring together the leaderships of Japan and the African countries, international partners, the private sector and civil society organisations.

The TICAD-VI Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27th to 28th August 2016.

Source: Daily Observer