Gambia: Tangara Signs D125 Million Japanese Food Aid to Gambia


The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on Friday signed exchange notes for the delivery of Japanese food assistance worth one hundred and twenty five million dalasis (D125M) to The Gambia for 2020, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the Embassy of Japan in Senegal, Foreign Minister Dr. Tangara thanked the Government of Japan and described the gesture as thoughtful and kind. He said the food assistance is crucial and means a lot to the country’s post Covid – 19 reconstructions and would address key priorities in the National Development Plan (NDP).

Foreign Minister Tangara assured the Japanese side that proceeds generated from the food assistance would be earmarked for intervention in great projects that directly address challenges such as health, education and other social services central to the NDP of the Government.

Foreign Minister Tangara added: “I am pleased to recall your country’s participation in the realisation of projects and programmes in the most important sectors of our development, notably in the areas education and vocational training, agriculture, fisheries, health and water management, as this is evident with the recent signing here of the Project for Rural Water Supply Phase IV worth about 770 million Gambian Dalasi.”

This, the Foreign Minister added shows generosity and genuine solidarity which are defining characteristics of the Japanese people. Minister Tangara said the Government of The Gambia, under the leadership of His Excellency Adama Barrow, recognises with appreciation, Japanese government’s enormous contributions towards the strengthening of bonds of solidarity, friendship and cooperation between the two countries.